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New NHS Staff Survey Results Show Increase in Reports Bullying and Harassment

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26 Feb 2019

The results of today’s NHS staff survey highlight the continued issue of bullying and harassment in the NHS. An increasing number of staff reported bullying and harassment from managers (up from 12.8% in 2017 to 13.2% in 2018) and from colleagues (up from 18% in 2017 to 19.1% in 2018). 

This increase in incidence could reflect the fact that staff are more likely to raise concerns following an increased awareness of the impacts of this oppressive behaviour on patients, individuals and teams. However a considered, collaborative approach is required from stakeholders across the NHS to address the issue and ensure that individuals not only feel able to report instances of bullying and harassment but they and their teams are equipped to address issues within their working environments. 

RCSEd is committed to tackling bullying and undermining within the surgical environment and across the NHS. We are proud to be working with organisations across the NHS to raise awareness of this issue and provide individuals with resources to empower individuals to tackle this issue. RCSEd’s resources can be seen here

In addition, RCSEd is working collaboratively with The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) to host a Bullying and Undermining meeting at RCOG’s offices on 4 April where delegates can hear about strategies to tackle problem behaviour. 



About The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

RCSEd (www.rcsed.ac.uk) was first incorporated in as the Barber Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1505, and is one of the oldest surgical corporations in the world with memberships approaching 25,000 over 100 countries worldwide. The College promotes the highest standards of surgical and dental practice through its examinations, and is also increasingly involved in the provision of surgical training and education, offering the UK’s only Faculty of Surgical Trainers, open to all those with an interest in surgical training regardless of College affiliation. RCSEd’s commercial enterprises offer conferencing and event facilities at The Playfair Building, Symposium Hall and Quincentenary Hall, and runs the Ten Hill Place Hotel.

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The College is based at Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DW and can be reached on (0)131 527 1600 or mail@rcsed.ac.uk.

For communications and media enquiries contact the Communications Department on (0)131 527 1594 or comms@rcsed.ac.uk

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