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A Practical Guide to Tackling Bullying in the NHS

Monday 2 July 2018
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

A Practical Guide to Tackling Bullying in the NHS

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“24.3% of staff experienced harassment, bullying or abuse from staff in the last 12 months” NHS Staff Survey, NHS England 5th March 2018

“ Bullying and harassment has become an extensive problem in the health sector. Twenty five percent of all NHS staff (one in four people) have admitted that they have been bullied in some way, with 29.9 per cent of all NHS staff sharing that they have suffered some psychological stress due to bullying behaviours.” NHS England

 “Bullying is completely unacceptable. All NHS organisations have clear policies in place to deal with reports of harassment or bullying. This requires employers to take clear action to address those concerns. It is not always easy for concerns to be raised, particularly where those carrying out harassment are in positions of power. Many organisations will have specially trained staff in place to help colleagues raise concerns about bullying or harassment, there are freedom-to-speak-up guardians as well as chaplaincy, trade union and HR staff who can provide support.” Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employer, The Guardian November 2017

“The link between bullying and undermining behaviour and patient safety is now clear. Evidence that this kind of behaviour has a negative impact on the workings of a team is getting bigger year on year. The extent of bullying and undermining throughout healthcare is well documented, and surgery in particular is often reported as being a specialty where it is particularly prevalent. In the College’s own membership survey, nearly 40% of respondents reported they had been victims of such behaviour, with the same amount reporting that they had witnessed it. It has been estimated that this issue costs organisations in the UK £13.75billion annually, and healthcare professionals have attributed disruptive behaviour in the perioperative area alone to 67% of adverse events, 71% of medical errors, and 27% of perioperative deaths. Bullying harms your profession and your patients. Let’s remove it.” Lets Remove it Campaign, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 2018

This National Conference focuses on the important issue of tackling bullying in the NHS.  NHS Employers have stated that “Bullying can have serious consequences for affected individuals and those they work with, reducing productivity and risking poorer patient care”.  The conference aims to provide a practical guide to clinicians and managers to tackling bullying in your clinical service or organisation.

This conference will enable you to:

  • Network with colleagues who are working to tackle bullying in the NHS
  • Learn from outstanding practice in developing an effective anti-bullying culture
  • Reflect on national developments and learning
  • Understand how you can improve trust in their processes for dealing with bullying complaints?
  • Ensure staff can speak up about bullying in your service
  • Improve the response to bullying complaints and concerns
  • Develop your skills in self reflection and assessment of your own behavior
  • Understand how you can improve your skills in supporting staff who have been bullied
  • Identify key strategies for managing and working with difficult bullying behavior
  • Ensure you are up to date with the latest developments in HR and employment law
  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice
  • Gain CPD accreditation points contributing to professional development and revalidation evidence

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