Innovation and Improvement

Body worn camera study

The largest study to date of NHS staff and patient attitudes to body worn cameras

Body worn cameras allow NHS staff and patients on inpatient wards to request a situation to be filmed. The use of body worn cameras is being trialled in a number of mental health trusts in the UK. This project, led by researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London and clinicians at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust will undertake the largest study to date of NHS staff and patient attitudes to the potential use of body worn cameras and explore the ethical and therapeutic considerations of their use in NHS healthcare settings 

“Body worn cameras are beginning to be used in inpatient mental health units but there has been very little research into how service users and staff feel about their use. This funding from Maudsley Charity will enable us to investigate some of the ethical and therapeutic issues in an area where relationships and power dynamics are important and sensitive considerations. We hope this will inform policy development and future research on this topic.”

Alan Simpson, Professor of Mental Health Nursing, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London