As mental health care services move increasingly into the community with staff working in more isolated settings, violence against staff is becoming an increasing health and safety issue. Education and training of staff to cope with potentially violent situations is a priority, equally important is the design and physical layout of the room in which potentially violent patients are seen. This audit looked at the safety features present in consulting rooms used daily, for interviewing patients, by mental health professionals. The study identified rooms which were judged unsuitable for interviewing potentially aggressive patients in, and as a result, several recommendations for safety improvements to these rooms were made.
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