More than 70% of healthcare assistants have been the victim of aggression and violence at work, suggests research by the Unison.
A survey of nearly 1,200 healthcare assistants and assistant practitioners found 13% of those who had been the victim of violence at work had been threatened with a weapon. Nearly a fifth had been the victim of an assault that required medical assistance or first aid.
In addition, more than 40% of respondents said they had considered leaving their role over the last year and only 11% believed that staffing levels were adequate in their clinical area.
More than 80% thought HCAs should be regulated in the same way as other healthcare professionals to protect patients and ensure high standards.
Unison head of health Christina McAnea said: “This survey illustrates the sometimes grim reality for healthcare assistants and assistant practitioners, whose already challenging job is made harder by inadequate staffing and the threat of aggression and violence.”
“Healthcare assistants and assistant practitioners play a vital role in healthcare delivery,” she added.
The survey results were presented today at Unison’s annual Healthcare Assistant Seminar, which is taking place in Glasgow.