SECAMB paramedics could start wearing body cameras in the south east of England as part of efforts to tackle a 46% rise in assaults on them. The trust data showed attacks rose yearly from 98 in 2011-12 to 184 in 2015-16, including a jump from 126 in 2014-15 to 184 last year. The introducing body-worn camera’s will help reduce the number of assaults that are occurring to ambulance staff as they provide medical care and support to patients.
As with all work-sector staff who now as part of their risk management strategy are required to wear body-worn camera’s, this equipment should form one part of the overall data analysis review. The body-worn camera’s must be part of the broader strategy which will include information, instruction, supervision and training to recognise, avoid, defuse and/or manage challenging behaviours. Post-incident data recordings will, in turn, ensure that the outcome of future reviews provides accurate and timely data for the ongoing training needs analysis to appropriately match employees to the identified required level(s) of training.