It is recognised that NHS staff (Hospital, Ambulance, Community and Primary Care) are among those most likely to face violence and abuse during the course of their employment and there is a strong public interest in prosecuting those who verbally and physically assault NHS staff deliberately.
With this in mind an agreement entitled 'Obligatory responses to violence in healthcare' between NHS Wales, the Police and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), has been established which followed a similar agreement made between the respective parties in England.
As part of this process, the NHS Wales Anti Violence Collaborative (AVC) has been established which has representation from NHS Wales, the Police, CPS, Welsh Government and Unions
The AVC meets with all parties on a bi-monthly basis to review the implementation and effectiveness of the updated agreement.
The Chair of the AVC is Andrew Hynes, Head of Personal Injury, NWSSP Legal and Risk Services.
The 'Obligatory responses to violence in healthcare' agreement sets out the responsibilities of the partners when dealing with violent or aggressive incidents relating to NHS staff. Its focus is on those incidents that need to be addressed by the criminal justice system that includes;
Information regarding the NHS Wales Anti Violence Collaborative can be found via our Communications Toolkit. This can be found in the menu on your left. The toolkit provides information regarding the AVC and contains materials to help you explain the NHS Wales Anti Violence Collaborative to your audiences.
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