PPI Representatives on the Body Worn Video (BWV) Cameras Stakeholder Advisory Panel in the NI Ambulance Service

7th February 2023
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The N Ireland Ambulance Service’s Violence Prevention and Reduction Group developed a supporting Violence Prevention and Reduction Strategy in 2021 which set out a range of specific projects and reviews with key actions that will help drive change and reduce risk to staff. One of these projects was to consider the implementation of Body Worn Video (BWV) Cameras.

Following a comprehensive consultation, NIAS has now taken the decision to implement the use of Body Worn Video (BWV) Cameras. Staff are regularly subjected to or threatened with violence and aggression in the form of physical or verbal abuse. The purpose of BWV Cameras is to deter people from engaging in this type of behaviour and to enable the provision of compelling, high-quality video / audio footage to PSNI, Public Prosecution Service, Defence professions and the courts thereby supporting the likelihood of the successful identification, apprehension and prosecution of offenders.

As part of the oversight of the use of BWV Cameras, NIAS plans to establish a Stakeholder Advisory Panel, as a subcommittee of the Information Assurance Group and are seeking to recruit individuals to serve on this Panel.

What will the Stakeholder Advisory Panel do?

The Stakeholder Advisory Panel will meet virtually, via zoom, on a quarterly basis for a period of 12 months. Meetings will last no longer than 90 minutes. Members will:

  • Work in partnership with staff to review Privacy Impact Assessments; Information Governance Policies; Health and Safety; Human Rights and Equality; Disability legislation and guidance; and our in-house training package.
  • Prepare for the Panel by reading papers / documents before the meeting and raising any issues for clarification with their named point of contact.
  • Comment and provide constructive feedback on meeting-related papers / documents.
  • Contribute to the discussions which guide the Panel’s decisions and recommendations.
  • Keep confidential any information that they acquire as a result of being a member of the group.

What you can expect from NIAS

NIAS’ Information Assurance Group will ensure the provision of ongoing support. This may include:

  • An induction and ongoing training to support you in your role where appropriate, and a named point of contact.
  • Sensitivity to your personal circumstances and, when necessary, make suitable reasonable adjustments to facilitate your involvement with the Panel.
  • Out of pocket expenses such as travel costs, childcare and carer costs will be reimbursed in accordance with Regional Guidelines and Procedures.
  • You will be provided with all the required information and papers in a timely manner to ensure that you are able to make effective decisions and fully participate in the Panel.

Essential Attributes

  • An interest in Health and Social Care services and enthusiasm to contribute to making changes to local services that reflect best practice.
  • An interest in Health and Safety, Information Governance, Human Rights and Equality and Disability legislation and guidance.
  • An ability to listen to other points of views and be able to express their own views in a polite and effective manner.
  • An ability to adhere to NIAS’ policies regarding confidentiality and information governance.
  • Confidence to contribute to discussions and can critically challenge our thinking in a constructive and effective manner.
  • A non-judgemental, and trustworthy approach and the ability to treat sensitive information / data in confidence.

Desirable Attributes

  • A good level of knowledge in any area of Health and Social Care
  • Experience of taking part in meetings or panels
  • Experience of reading documents and providing feedback

If you are interested in getting involved in the Stakeholder Advisory Panel please contact BWV.Enquiries@nias.hscni.net for more information.