3rd July 2006

 

HOW TO PREVENT VIOLENCE IN THE NHS

 

According to Home Office research there are on average seven incidents of violence every month in each NHS Trust in England, adding up to around 65,000 incidents each year.

 

Paul Linsley, lecturer in Nursing at the University of Lincoln, has written a book entitled ‘Violence and Aggression in the Workplace’ which tackles a problem which is fast becoming one of the major challenges facing a modern healthcare service.

 

The book, out this week, is a practical guide for all healthcare staff and is based on the national guidelines and current thinking around the management of violence and aggression within healthcare.

 

Professor Dame June Clark, Professor of Community Nursing at the University of Wales, wrote the foreword for the book. She said: “This ought to be read by everyone during their initial preparation, used during CPD and in-service education, and kept handy for reference.”

 

Paul began his career as a general nurse working within acute medicine. Following conversion to mental health nursing he gained valuable experience in a variety of clinical settings and is now a nurse specialist within acute mental health care.

 

He has held a number of managerial and educational posts and currently sits on a number of national forums for the Royal College of Nursing as well as being a nurse advisor to the Department of Health.

 

He says: “‘Violence and Aggression in the Workplace’ is the only book solely devoted to the ever-growing concern of violence and aggression in the healthcare environment. It offers ways of reducing the risk of violence and aggression through prevention and active management strategies and contains a number of activities to help structure thinking around the topic.”

 

‘Violence and Aggression in the Workplace, a practical guide for all healthcare staff’ is available from Radcliffe Publishing and costs £21.95 (paperback). To order copies of this book please visit http://www.radcliffe-oxford.com.

 

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Kate Strawson Press Officer

(01522) 886244 kstrawson@lincoln.ac.uk

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