RCSEd welcomes plans to address bullying in NHS

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04 Jun 2019

Responding to NHS England and NHS Improvement’s Interim NHS People Plan, Professor Mike Griffin, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, said:

“We are pleased to see that tackling bullying and harassment is included as one of the top priorities of this plan. RCSEd is campaigning to highlight this issue and is working with a wide range of NHS organisations to try and remove this widespread problem.

“Addressing the causes the bullying and harassment and introducing positive measures to reduce these behaviours will make the NHS a better place to work while also improving safety for patients.

“It is also pleasing to note the desire to put workforce planning at the centre of all planning processes. It is essential to ensure that individual organisations within the NHS are clear about their roles and responsibilities for workforce planning over the short and long term. It must be clear who is responsible for longer term workforce planning on a national and local level.

“RCSEd also fully supports the plan to introduce more flexible careers and work life balance into the NHS. There are increasing numbers of surgeons who want to work and train less than full-time, and take breaks from employment for a variety of reasons. Also, the announcement of further recognition for specialty and associate specialist (SAS) roles in the NHS will considerably improve support for those doctors.

“While we welcome today’s plan, we believe that the Government’s Spending Review must ensure sufficient resource within the fully costed plan to ensure the objectives included are achievable.”


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Siân Evans on 020 8674 8921 / 07752414433


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 www.twitter.com/RCSEd and on Facebook www.facebook.com/rcsed

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