SALFORD mental health staff are feeling “pressured” a local NHS nurse reveals after recent statistics show a rise in assaults towards staff.
Figures from Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) show that 277 suicides were registered in Greater Manchester in 2014 and that there were 10,495 beds-based inpatients out of every 100,000.
Despite Salford spending the most in Greater Manchester on mental health services, 56-year-old mental health nurse Alison Flanagan says: “There are still a lot of reductions in mental health services and it has had a massive impact.”
In 2014/15 Salford spent above 40 million pounds on mental health services, in comparison to around 20 million in Bury. Oldham and Bury are amongst those who spent below average.
5 Live recently revealed that assaults on mental health staff in the England have gone up by 25 percent in four years, with more than 42,000 assaults reported.
Alison added: “It doesn’t surprise me that the assault figures are going up because of the pressures on the services. There’s not a lot of staff around, people are doing as best as they can do but we can only do so much.
“We ideally should be going out on home visits in two’s, but a lot of the time there’s not enough staff around. Patients can start to feel isolated.”
Reported by BBC, health bosses say violence on NHS staff is “completely unacceptable” after it was revealed assaults in the UK have increased from 33,620 in 2012-13 to 42,692 last year.
“I’ve been in nursing for around 30 years and I can remember all of the things that have happened. I have been punched in the nose. I’ve had my hair pulled. I’ve been kicked. I have actually known people who have been seriously injured.” Alison said.
In the new report, called Struggling to Cope, 42% of mental health staff said they had been victims of violence in the last year and Alison agreed figures match her experiences in Salford.
Alison claimed her team have training every year on how to deal with assaults, but when faced with these situations it doesn’t always help and that the other problems should also be reviewed.
For the full interview with Alison, listen here: