A three minute interview with Kim Sunley, RCN senior employment relations officer, on security in adult and older people’s mental health wards.
NT: Do you think enough is being done to improve security in these wards?
KS: Every trust now should have a local security management expert. It is their responsibility ensure the personal safety of staff and we don’t think enough importance is being given to that role.
They are often shared with other trusts and it is seen as an add-on role.
NT: Are buildings suitable?
KS: It appears that buildings are not designed with staff security in mind. We are being told staff representatives are not being included when they are designing new buildings or when they are doing refurbishment projects.
NT: What should be done to improve security in the NHS as a whole?
KS: At the Labour Party Conference, health secretary Alan Johnson promised funding for personal alarms for lone workers.
It is vital that money goes to where it should be as soon as possible.
Interview by Richard Staines