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Ashworth Hospital at Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health care for patients requiring a high-security environment. A team at the Trust applied the Measuring and Monitoring of Safety Framework at ward level, where violence and aggression was highlighted as a particular hotspot.

The aim was to see how the framework could help staff better understand the contributory factors that lead to episodes of violence and aggression from a broader perspective, in order to predict episodes before they occur and deescalate situations to make patients and staff safer. Read more about the key outcomes and learnings below.

Measurement and monitoring of safety framework