Increase of assault in Kents’ mental health clinic

A Freedom of Information request has revealed the number of assaults that take place yearly under the Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust.

The FOI showed that between 2011 and 2018, 11,485 incidents where a member of staff was assaulted by a patient were reported.


In 2011 there were 979 incidents reported where patient on patient assaults were reported to the trust. In 2015 it hit its lowest number with 154 attacks reported and as of this year 103 have been reported up until mid April.


NHS Union, Unison sent this press release:

In  the past year, we have been working with the local community, including our clients, to understand how the service can be improved and how we can encourage more people to use the service. This has resulted in a number of new initiatives, including an intensive day rehab programme in Dover for people who are looking to explore abstinence; improved information sharing between services to ensure clients are better identified and supported; and improved training, education and provision of Naloxone kits, which can help to save the life of someone who has overdosed on an opiate based drug.

We provide a wide range of services to help people address their issues with drugs and alcohol whatever their needs. We offer short information and advice sessions to those concerned about their drug or alcohol use, needle exchanges and clinically prescribed medication (where appropriate) to ensure someone’s safety and, for those looking to tackle their drug or alcohol use, we offer one-to-one support and group work. Our services are tailored to meet the individual needs of our clients and the East Kent community.
Whilst more can always be done, we are striving to ensure that anyone who needs support to address their drug and alcohol issues gets the help they need to stay safe and make a positive change in their lives and would encourage those worried about their own drug or alcohol use, or the substance misuse of a loved one to approach the service.

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