Scotland tackles violence against NHS workers

£500,000 has been ringfenced by NHS Scotland to provide initiatives to combat violence against staff.

The fund is open to NHS boards which wish to apply for additional funds to undertake new work to promote and enhance the wellbeing of their staff.

Projects will be prioritised which create a better working environment, increase the engagement and commitment of NHS staff, address issues that affect health, wellbeing and safety.

Public health minister Shona Robison said: ‘We are looking for novel proposals which go over and above work already underway by NHS boards across Scotland under their responsibilities for the wellbeing of their employees.

‘Ideas could include, for example, training to help staff anticipate and react appropriately to violent incidents, information and awareness raising campaigns to promote public health messages or measures to encourage the uptake of staff benefits and services.’

  • Should this approach be introduced to other countries?

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