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Pioneering hospital-based Navigator programme operating in Dundee.
Tayside patients affected by violent and chaotic lifestyles are being offered compassionate help and support when presenting at A&E following the expansion of a ground-breaking project to Ninewells Hospital.
The Navigator service encourages patients involved in violence to make the positive changes needed to improve their lives.
Navigator staff connect vulnerable patients with support services that can help address their needs including addiction, mental health problems and all forms of violence, including domestic abuse.
Working with the A&E teams the Navigators also support clinical staff to diffuse challenging situations, enabling the best care for patients.
The service, run by the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit and Medics Against Violence, has helped almost 2,000 people to date in other areas of Scotland since its inception in 2015.
Officially launching the service Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf said:
“While there is less crime and fewer victims than a decade ago, there remains a small number of people who experience a disproportionate level of repeat incidents of violence. We are determined to do more to support these individuals and the Navigator service has a vital part to play in reducing the impact of violence.
“Navigators do a remarkable job, helping to support people often living in difficult circumstances, to receive support that can truly be life changing. Their interventions in emergency departments have a massive impact on the individual and also benefit their families and the wider community.