|Effective management of violence and aggression is a core responsibility of many staff who work within the Health and Social Care (HSC) services of Northern Ireland . This responsibility creates significant risk for nurses and midwives and without appropriate training and education there is the potential for an unsafe work and care environment (for both staff and patients/clients). The predominant focus of training in the management of aggression and violence has been within mental health and learning disability settings. However, it is also important to acknowledge that there is a need for training in the management of aggression and violence in other sectors of the HSC, most notably in Accident and Emergency departments.|
Through the Education Strategy Group (ESG) at the Department of Health Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) it was agreed to approach NIPEC to conduct a review of what is currently available for training in the Management of Aggression and Violence for Nurses and Midwives in the first instance. It is recognised that the management of aggression and violence is a multi-professional/ agency responsibility, however due to lack of funding it was agreed to limit the review initially to what is available for nurses and midwives.