On 2nd June 2021, NHS England announced the roll out of body worn video cameras to Ambulance Trusts as part of a national strategy to boost safety and reduce assaults* on NHS staff.

(* 3,569 ambulance staff were physically assaulted at work last year – 30% more than five years ago.)

Commenting on the roll out, Jim O’Dwyer, Senior Consultant at AEGIS Protective Services said:

“I welcome the provision of Body Worn Video (BWV) to Ambulance Crews and Paramedics but there’s no guarantee that BWV will protect them against attacks. In fact, without appropriate guidance and training, the assault rate will be likely to rise, at least initially. That’s what happened when Police first began using BWV cameras and the same happened when BWV was introduced at West London NHS Trust and it has also happened at North East Ambulance Service – one of the pilot areas for the BWV roll out.” 

Training is key to preventing violent responses

Whilst Body Worn Video camera suppliers provide clients with training in how to operate and care for the equipment, this training does not provide advice or guidance on if/when and what to record and how/when to announce that recording is taking place. This significant aspect has been left to the individual NHS Ambulance Trusts to address and the absence of an NHS England approved NHS training programme for BWV users means each of the ten Trusts are ‘on their own journey’ with this.

Here’s a convenient and cost-effective solution

AEGIS Protective Services is pleased to announce the availability of a new, bite-sized, self-study, e-learning course titled ‘Body Worn Video for Ambulance Crews and Paramedics’ that incorporates the learning from the latest research and is designed to promote safe practice and reduce the incidence of assaults on staff.

For more info, please click on the image below. Thanks!