Skip to content

SECAmb committed to helping victims of violence and abuse

Press release - 14 September 2010 

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Trust (SECAmb) is holding a series of workshops aimed at improving help available to victims of violence and abuse.

The workshops are intended to help the Trust develop a tooltkit for training frontline ambulance clinicians to care for victims of abuse, help to prevent further abuse and direct those affected to appropriate support services.

SECAmb recently received financial support as part of the national Violence Against Women and Children Project to develop the toolkit which will enable ambulance staff, who are in a unique position when responding to such patients, to respond effectively to cases of violence or abuse.

The toolkit will give ambulance staff further practical skills and training needed to recognise signs and talk sensitively to patients about violence and abuse.

SECAmb has invited a number of interested groups to attend the workshops. These include clinicians and health service colleagues, charities, self-help groups, those providing support for seldom heard communities or individuals, people who work with victims of violence and abuse, patients and carers, SECAmb staff, equality and diversity leads, police and social services colleagues and women’s groups.

Three workshops will be held – one each in Sussex, Kent and Surrey in September and October, (see below for details).

While SECAmb is developing the toolkit as part of the national Violence Against Women and Children Project, it recognises that men can also be the victims of abuse and violence and is therefore committed to supporting all sections of the community equally.

SECAmb’s involvement in the project is in addition to the existing work it routinely undertakes in relation to safeguarding adults and children.

SECAmb Chief Executive Paul Sutton recently joined the national task force set up to support women and children who are victims of violence.

He said: “For many victims of violence, their first contact with the NHS will be through the ambulance service so we recognise the important role our staff can play. Ambulance clinicians are in a prime position to be able to spot the signs and symptoms of violence and abuse and to help its victims. We want to further improve their skills to ensure these small windows of opportunity to help vulnerable people are not lost.”

Anyone interested in finding out more information should contact SECAmb on 01737 363858.

Workshop dates and venues:

Wednesday 22 September: 10.30am-3.30pm – Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath, West Susex, RH16 3DN.

Friday 24 September: 10.30am - 3.30pm Marsham Support Centre, 39-48 Marsham Street, Maidstone, Kent.

Tuesday 5 October: 10.30am – 3.30pm, Park House, Randalls Rd, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 0AH

Bookmark and Share