Body Worn Video Public Consultation Phase 2

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service Health and Social Care Trust (NIAS) conducted a public consultation designed to examine the principle of introducing body worn video for the purposes of violence prevention and reduction between 6 December 2021 and 14 February 2022. As part of this consultation, we undertook to carry out a further consultation to consider more detailed factors like deployment, usage, governance, policy and procedure, subject to a positive outcome to this initial consultation.

I am pleased to say there was a positive and supportive response to the initial consultation on the principle of introducing body worn video. Respondents to the consultation recognised the importance of prevention and reduction of violence and aggression, and that NIAS has a statutory duty to keep staff safe. A summary report of the consultation results, and the main themes identified from written feedback, public meetings and questions posted on social media can be found below (Consultation Summary).

We now intend to carry out a pilot of the use of body worn video and, informed by comments made by consultees during the initial consultation, we have developed a second consultation document on the Deployment Plan (see below). The purpose of this second consultation is to seek your views on this plan.

An Easy Read version of the consultation document will also be published. If you have any queries about the document, and its availability in alternative formats (including Braille, disk, audio cassette and minority languages) please contact:

Equality Team
Telephone: 07810 636990
E-mail: john.gow@nias.hscni.net

A separate consultation questionnaire document is also available below for you to complete, but we would welcome your comments in any format. Please send your comments to:

Body Worn Video Public Consultation
Equality & Public Involvement Office
Northern Ireland Ambulance Service Health & Social Care Trust
Site 30
Knockbracken Healthcare Park
Saintfield Road
BELFAST
BT8 8SG
Email: consultation@nias.hscni.net
Telephone: (028) 9040 0999
Textphone: (028) 9040 0871

If you would like an opportunity to discuss any aspect of the consultation, please contact bwv@nias.hscni.net.

The closing date for comments is Friday 22 July 2022.

Michael Bloomfield
Chief Executive

STAFF ABSENCE FIGURES

Given the significance of staff absence in relation to the impact on our services over the next 4-6 weeks, we will publish staff absence figures on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Please note that the COVID-19 absence figures change not just on a daily but hourly basis due to the high levels of community transmission and the associated contact tracing requirements.

Staff Absence Figures
as at close of business:
Tuesday 11/01/2022 Friday 14/01/2022 Tuesday 18/01/2022 Friday 21/01/2022 Tuesday 25/01/2022 Friday 28/01/2022 Thursday 03/02/2022 Thursday 10/02/2022 Friday 18/02/2022
No. of staff employed by the Trust 1530 1530 1533 1530 1529 1528 1528 1528 1550
No. of staff absent due to COVID-19 162 99 77 76 106 112 124 125 100
No. of staff off due to non-COVID-19 sickness 153 147 166 142 143 139 130 141 136

 

Body Worn Cameras Consultation

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) is consulting on the principle of the use of body worn video cameras for staff (for violence prevention and reduction purposes).

Last year, we launched our Strategy to Transform 2020-2026, which identified a number of key priorities and how we intend to transform our service to deliver these and improve the care we provide for our patients.

One of our key priorities is in relation to our workforce and, in particular, addressing the safety of our staff as we go about our normal day-to-day activities.

In 2020/21 a total of 629 incidents of violence and aggression were recorded against our staff. Staff safety is paramount and the Trust takes violence and aggression towards any member of staff very seriously.

Over the past year, our Violence Prevention and Reduction Group has been developing a supporting strategy to provide the Trust with a range of specific projects and reviews which have identified a number of key actions that will help drive change. One of these projects is to consider the implementation of Body Worn Video (BWV).

This initial consultation process is designed to examine the principle of BWV being introduced to NIAS. While initial draft assessments of equality, human rights, rural needs and privacy impacts have been conducted, and skeleton frameworks for deployment and usage – including high-level approaches to governance are outlined, it is the Trust’s intention to complete and consider this first consultation exercise about the principle of BWV, after which – subject to positive consultation engagement – a second consultation exercise would then be undertaken in 2022 that fully considers the detail of factors like deployment, usage, governance, policy and procedure. The Trust recognises the scale of culture shift involved in the proposal that NIAS employees would wear portable recording devices. That is why the second consultation will be informed by this current exercise.

 

 

To view the Consultation on the Documentation of Body Worn Video please click here

To view the questionnaire click here

To view Body Worn Video DPIA click here

To view NIAS BWV Consultation Easy Read Document click here

To view Body Worn Video Consultation Public Meetings Poster click here

To view BODY WORN VIDEO Deployment Plan click here

To view Body Worn Video Public Consultation Phase 2 Questions click here

To view Ch Ex Letter BWV Consultation click here

To view Consultation Summary BWV V.2 click here