Bodycams rolled out across England after successful London trial

After a successful trial carried out by paramedics and other frontline staff in London and the North East, paramedics across the whole of England will wear bodycams.

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Paramedics in England are to be fitted with body cameras in order to prevent thousands of attacks on frontline staff each year. More than 3,500 ambulance staff have reported being assaulted in the last year. This is a 32% rise from five years ago.

Bodycams promote feelings of safety

The paramedics wearing bodycams will be able to press a button to record an interaction if patients or the other citizens display signs of aggression or abuse. Thanks to the bodycam’s ability to de-escalate situations and prevent incidents, paramedics wearing the cameras will feel safer, and bodycams will increase their safety on the job significantly. 

Bodycams rolled out to frontline ambulance staff

Following the successful pilot earlier this year, the NHS is now rolling bodycams out to paramedics across the country, in an attempt to stop violence against staff.

Trials have demonstrated that cameras can help de-escalate situations where staff are faced with aggressive or invasive behaviour, according to the NHS.

According to Prerana Issar, chief people officer for the NHS in England, “Every member of our dedicated and hardworking NHS staff has the fundamental right to be safe at work and it is our priority to eliminate violence and abuse, which we will not tolerate.” He adds: “As well as reducing the number of incidents towards our staff, these cameras are a vital step towards ensuring our people feel safe too.” The fact that bodycams are being rolled out to all paramedics three years ahead of schedule is proof of the NHS’s commitment to tackling the problem of increasing violence and ensuring a safe working environment for staff. Bodycam images also help bring attackers to justice. This move comes after an initiative which was launched earlier this year, which requested every NHS trust in the country to publish a plan to tackle violence towards their staff.

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