RCSEd Finalists at BMJ Awards
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On Thursday 10 May 2018, members of the RCSEd Anti-Bullying Steering Group attended the tenth BMJ Awards Final in London to pitch the College’s #LetsRemoveIt campaign in the category of Clinical Leadership Team. There was tough competition, with first place awarded to St Georges Hospital, University of London for their campaign Management of Aortic Aneurysm and second place awarded to University Hospitals of North Midlands with their campaign Stroke Thrombectomy Team.
The College launched the #LetsRemoveIt campaign to tackle undermining and bullying in the workplace in June 2017, after concerning data emerged from both the GMC National Training Survey, and the College's own membership survey. These surveys demonstrated that up to 40% of surgeons at all stages of their career were being subjected to bullying behaviour.
Campaign Leader and Urology Trainee Ms Alice Hartley said:
“Whilst we were pipped to the post by two very deserving teams, we were proud to be able to showcase our work at such a high profile event. Bullying appears to be endemic across the whole of the NHS, not just in surgery, and we hope that any opportunity to be able to signpost people to our resources will help chip away at this huge problem.
“The work we have done, through collaboration and dissemination of our resources, will take time to have a tangible effect. But we are grateful to the BMJ Awards for recognising our efforts at a relatively early stage in the campaign.”
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