The guidance has been issued by the NHS Security Management Service. It aims to clarify the way in which markers can be attached to patients’ records to signify that they, or someone associated with them, have been violent or aggressive.
The new procedure includes safeguards to ensure markers are only placed on patients’ records where there is reported evidence of a violent or aggressive incident.
A BMA spokesman said it was important that anyone who works for the NHS is properly protected against the risk of violence.
‘We welcome this guidance, which clarifies the situation on how markers can be used. We hope all providers of care will use it when reviewing or implementing their own procedures,' he said.