The discrepancy between actual and unreported incidents of violence in a learning disability nursing service

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/76734
Title:
The discrepancy between actual and unreported incidents of violence in a learning disability nursing service
Authors:
Skellern, Joanne; Lovell, Andy
Abstract:
This study reports on research carried out within the Learning Disability Division of a major Mental Health NHS Trust in the North of England, and relates to the discrepancy between the actual number of incidents of violence and aggression and those reported. The literature review demonstrated that violence is a particular issue for nurses, particularly those working in the areas of mental health and learning disability where studies have indicated that as many as one in five may be affected. A questionnaire was distributed to all learning disability nurses currently employed in the Trust, a total of 411, with a response rate in excess of 40%. The study revealed that a discrepancy does exist between actual and reported incidents of violence within the Trust. It confirmed previous claims that the predominant difficulty is cultural, violence being regarded as part of the job and non-reporting primarily revolving around perceptions of incidents being considered 'minor', not worth the time to complete the paperwork. The paper concludes that more work is needed to achieve a united, consistent approach across the NHS, in order that a high quality, accessible service for people with learning disabilities and complex needs can be delivered without violence being considered an acceptable part of the job.
Affiliation:
University of Chester
Citation:
Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Research and Practice, 2008, 5(2), pp. 192-208
Publisher:
South West Yorkshire Mental Health NHS Trust and the University of Huddersfield
Journal:
Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Research and Practice
Issue Date:
Oct-2008
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/76734
Additional Links:
http://www2.hud.ac.uk/hhs/mhrg/journal/index.php
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
This article is not available through ChesterRep. It can be accessed at http://www2.hud.ac.uk/hhs/mhrg/journal/discrepancy.pdf
ISSN:
1743-6885
Appears in Collections:
Health and Social Care

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorSkellern, Joanne-
dc.contributor.authorLovell, Andy-
dc.date.accessioned2009-08-07T14:27:00Z-
dc.date.available2009-08-07T14:27:00Z-
dc.date.issued2008-10-
dc.identifier.citationMental Health and Learning Disabilities Research and Practice, 2008, 5(2), pp. 192-208en
dc.identifier.issn1743-6885-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/76734-
dc.descriptionThis article is not available through ChesterRep. It can be accessed at http://www2.hud.ac.uk/hhs/mhrg/journal/discrepancy.pdfen
dc.description.abstractThis study reports on research carried out within the Learning Disability Division of a major Mental Health NHS Trust in the North of England, and relates to the discrepancy between the actual number of incidents of violence and aggression and those reported. The literature review demonstrated that violence is a particular issue for nurses, particularly those working in the areas of mental health and learning disability where studies have indicated that as many as one in five may be affected. A questionnaire was distributed to all learning disability nurses currently employed in the Trust, a total of 411, with a response rate in excess of 40%. The study revealed that a discrepancy does exist between actual and reported incidents of violence within the Trust. It confirmed previous claims that the predominant difficulty is cultural, violence being regarded as part of the job and non-reporting primarily revolving around perceptions of incidents being considered 'minor', not worth the time to complete the paperwork. The paper concludes that more work is needed to achieve a united, consistent approach across the NHS, in order that a high quality, accessible service for people with learning disabilities and complex needs can be delivered without violence being considered an acceptable part of the job.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherSouth West Yorkshire Mental Health NHS Trust and the University of Huddersfielden
dc.relation.urlhttp://www2.hud.ac.uk/hhs/mhrg/journal/index.phpen
dc.subjectviolenceen
dc.subjectaggressionen
dc.subjectdiscrepancyen
dc.subjectunreporteden
dc.subjectlearning disabilitiesen
dc.subjectminoren
dc.titleThe discrepancy between actual and unreported incidents of violence in a learning disability nursing serviceen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chesteren
dc.identifier.journalMental Health and Learning Disabilities Research and Practiceen
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