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BAOMS Launches Face Up Campaign

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08 Feb 2018

The British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (BAOMS) Council is launching its Face Up campaign today to promote good behaviour and challenge poor behaviour in medicine. The Face Up web banner goes lives at 9am Thursday 8 February to coincide with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) and Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) Tackling Undermining & Bullying conference in Birmingham.

BAOMS Honorary Secretary Austen Smith explained:

“Face Up is designed to support a positive culture where bad behaviour, including bullying and undermining, is no longer acceptable. We want to achieve behaviour change by supporting and promoting the anti-bullying campaigns and online resources where ever they are, including the excellent material developed by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) and RCOG with the Royal College of Midwives (RCM).”

The Face Up campaign aims to:

  • encourage BAOMS members to use the RCSEd and RCOG/RCM online resources
  • promote a positive culture
  • change workplace behaviour using good exemplars and create an environment where it is acceptable to say when an exchange has been difficult for anyone involved.

Lead for RCSEd’s Anti-Bullying #LetsRemoveIt Campaign group, Surgical Trainee, Ms Alice Hartley said:

“We are delighted BAOMS is working with RCSEd to tackle bullying and undermining in the workplace. The more health organisations and professionals get together to proclaim a clear message that bullying and undermining are no longer acceptable behaviours in the workplace, the higher the impact will be to influence the culture to change.”

Throughout 2018 the BAOMS Face Up web banner and online resources hosted by BAOMS will promote a key resource from the RCSEd or RCOG/RCM anti-bullying toolkits. This will also include other material such as resources from the National Association of Clinical Tutors (NACT), whose aim is to support members in their role as leaders in medical education and to encourage them to promote change in workplace behaviour.

Austen Smith added:

“Using the RCSEd and RCOG/RCM and other online resources we aim to make a positive advance out of every negative interaction. So, keep watching the Face Up banner on the BAOMS website every month where a key resource from the many available online materials will be highlighted with a link to find them.”

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