Initiative to increase convictions of people who assault NHS staff is rolled out across London

Date: 31 March 2021

New Scotland Yard sign

Known as Operation Cavell, the initiative will see a senior police officer review all reports of assaults and hate crime on NHS staff. The NHS, Metropolitan Police Service and Crown Prosecution Service have been working in partnership to launch the scheme, which aims to increase convictions and protect NHS staff on the frontline.

A pilot scheme took place across five south London boroughs between October 2020 and January 2021. Out of 63 investigations in this period, there was a 26% charge rate compared to only 6% previously.

Operation Cavell is being launched across London mental health trusts today at a multi-agency event led by Natalie Fox, BEH Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer.

Natalie commented: “It’s simply not acceptable that dedicated NHS staff are facing violence and injury at work. Any of our staff who are assaulted or abused should feel confident about reporting it, knowing that it will be taken seriously.”

For more information read the press release.

  • Summary:

    Known as Operation Cavell, the initiative will see a senior police officer review all reports of assaults and hate crime on NHS staff. The NHS, Metropolitan Police Service and Crown Prosecution Service have been working in partnership to launch the scheme, which aims to increase convictions and protect NHS staff on the frontline.