The cameras are the size of a smartphone, and are attached to the Security team’s uniform at chest height (see image).
Footage from BWV cameras has been used to provide stronger evidence in court, which increases guilty pleas and helps secure stronger sentences. The BWV cameras act as a robust deterrent to antisocial behaviour and help detect and evidence crime, as well as the actions of staff and others.
They help ensure processes are fair and transparent and will reduce the number of malicious complaints made against hospital staff and others. As an example, police forces across the country have seen complaints against police staff fall by 60-93% where BWV cameras have been in use.
Frequently asked questions
Are the cameras recording constantly?
Recording is manually started and stopped by the Security Officer wearing the camera. Recording will be started in situations when:
- A crime is being committed, such as violence or aggression
- Someone is restrained, either by a Security Officer or using a mechanical device such as a strap
- Someone is removed from hospital premises by a Security Officer
- A situation could elicit a complaint against the Trust
The Security Officer will make it clear if they are going to begin recording at any point.
What happens to the footage?
Footage is held on a secure system in line with current legislation, and guidance from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). It is deleted after a specified period of time, if it is not required as evidence.
Can I request not to be filmed?
Security Officers will begin recording if they feel it is necessary, and will not stop until they decide it is appropriate.
Can I request a copy of footage of myself?
Individuals can complete a subject access request (SAR) to request their information or images from the Trust. For more information on SARs, see the Patient Information section of our website. Please note that SARs are not always granted and footage may not be released, depending on the circumstances.
Where will the footage be shared?
Footage will be shared with the Police Force if required, subject to current legislation and guidance from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO). It may also be used for training purposes within the Trust.