UK health organisations launch an anti-bullying and undermining resource

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04 Apr 2019

A new resource that brings together the range of work being conducted across the medical professions to eradicate workplace bullying is being launched by a coalition of leading health organisations today.

Over a quarter of NHS staff in England experienced bullying by a colleague in the last year, and research estimates that it costs the health service at least £2.4 billion per annum.

Bullying not only affects those on the receiving end, but has potential consequences for patient care.

A number of organisations have come together to create an informal alliance to tackle bullying and undermining, to share best practice and to raise awareness of the freely available toolkits, courses and help available. 

The alliance document will be sent to all NHS bodies throughout the UK. The participants are keen to ensure that as many people, NHS staff and decision makers take up and share the support on offer.

The resource is being launched to coincide with RCOG and RCSEd’s joint event on “Tackling Undermining and Bullying in the NHS”, which will takes place today, Thursday 4 April 2019.

This is the third event that forms part of the RCOG and RCSEd’s collaborative work on tackling undermining and bullying.

Speakers at the event have a range of experience from both within the NHS and in other sectors. They will discuss their own experiences and share effective solutions that can tackle bullying and undermining.

RCSEd is committed to eradicating bullying and undermining from the surgical and dental professions through the established #LetsRemoveIt campaign.   

Mike Griffin OBE, President of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh said:

“The anti-bullying alliance recognises that no one organisation has all the answers but that by working in partnership through and with health care staff across the UK, we can together help create the culture and leadership needed to eradicate bullying. This will not only help staff recruitment and retention and raise morale, but will also improve patient care.

“All of the organisations included in this document are committed to promoting kindness and respect from how staff are recruited, ensuring they have the right values and then throughout their careers by building kindness and respect into training and development. “

Dr Alison Wright, Consultant Obstetrician and Vice President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said:

“The welfare of the medical workforce is absolutely vital to ensure the safest care for our patients. The RCOG acknowledges that, like many other specialties, we are experiencing workforce shortages, while responding to increasing demands on the healthcare service. One of the most effective ways to address shortages and enhance the quality of care for patients, is to improve the welfare of the workforce – and this means addressing bullying and undermining. Through a number of initiatives, including Supporting Our Doctors, our aim is to ensure all healthcare professionals, regardless of their status and position, are treated with dignity and compassion, and to ensure the safest care for women, girls and their families.”



About The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

RCSEd was first incorporated as the Barber Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1505, and is the oldest surgical corporation in the world with memberships approaching 25,000 professionals in over 100 countries worldwide. The College promotes the highest standards of surgical and dental practice through its interest in education, training and examinations, its liaison with external medical bodies and representation of the modern surgical and dental workforce. It is also home to the UK’s only Faculty of Surgical Trainers, open to all those with an interest in surgical training regardless of College affiliation. Find RCSEd on Twitter and on Facebook

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