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Statistics

Data on reported physical assaults against NHS staff in England between 2004-05 and 2015-16 is available on this page.

Reported physical assaults on NHS staff figures

The following tables show the number of reported physical assaults on NHS staff in England in each year since 2004-05. Totals for various sectors of the NHS are provided along with figures for individual health bodies.

Reported physical assaults on NHS staff figures (2015-16)

A five year analysis of physical assaults against NHS staff in England: SIRS/RPA violence report 2010-15

The following document is a report showing an analysis of the number of reported physical assaults on NHS staff in England over a five year period (2010-11 to 2014-15).

A five year analysis of physical assaults against NHS staff in England: SIRS/RPA violence report 2010-2015

SIRS data visualisations

From April 2017 the Security Incident Reporting System (SIRS) is no longer accessible to users and data collection through SIRS has ceased.

However, a number of charts and graphs from SIRS data are available for reference in the document below.

SIRS resource – Data visualisations

For further information on how data was gathered and presented in SIRS you may refer to the SIRS data considerations document.

Guidance on data requirements for the annual violence against staff collection exercise

This document clarifies the requirement on health bodies and those providing services under the NHS Standard Contract to provide an accurate year-end figure for the number of physical assaults against staff in their organisation. It also explains the stages of the data collection process and how health bodies can prepare to comply with its requirements, as well as clarifying the terminology and counting rules used in the data collection: this should assist providers and commissioners of NHS services in ensuring continued accuracy in the classification and counting of assaults.

Guidance on data requirements for the annual reported physical assaults (RPA) collection exercise - May 2016