Bedford Hospital changes its staff training after Alex Skeel case

Domestic Abuse training to be updated

Following the recent case of Alex Skeel, a victim of domestic violence, Bedford Hospital has changed the delivery of staff training on Domestic Abuse. It will place more focus on recognising signs within male victims who may present to the hospital.

The training has been developed by Claire Knight, an Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA) at Victim Support Charity. Based at Bedford Hospital, Claire provides support to staff when dealing with patients who are victims of domestic violence.

Claire Knight said:

“Alex Skeel’s case was horrific and we want to do all we can to ensure this isn’t repeated. Alex recently visited Bedford Hospital to talk to staff about his case and this has led to the changes in staff training that we are now delivering.

“His input has been crucial is helping us make essential changes to support others who may present in similar situations and we would like to thank him once again for all his support.”

Claire also developed specific gender-based information packs for hospital staff and patients affected by domestic violence who access hospital services to help remove any social misconceptions and myths around male victims.

Nichola Keer, Associate Director of Nursing for Safeguarding said:

“It’s good to know that our staff are getting the training and support they need in order to provide a safe, caring and excellent service to our patients.

“I would also like to extend my thanks to Alex Skeel for his visit which was incredibly useful and beneficial for all those who attended. We wish him well in his continued journey to recovery.”