RCSEd and National Guardian for the NHS address bullying throughout the NHS

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, together with the National Guardian for the NHS this week (26 September) hosted an inaugural meeting of organisations from across healthcare engaged in addressing the unacceptably high levels of undermining and bullying throughout the NHS.

The NHS staff survey reported a quarter of employees in trusts and Foundation Trusts in England were subject to bullying and undermining last year, with devastating consequences for both staff morale and patient outcomes. This is also borne out by published data that shows that 45% of cases dealt with by freedom to speak up guardians involve bullying and harassment.The widespread scale of the problem, as well as the complex cultural, behavioural and systemic issues behind it, mean that it can only be tackled through a persistent, multi-layered approach.

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