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A Practical Guide to Tackling Bullying in the NHS

Monday 3 December 2018
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

A Practical Guide to Tackling Bullying in the NHS
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“Despite a 2016 ministerial call for action there has been neither an improvement in the levels of bullying in the NHS, nor an increased willingness of staff to report it.The causes are a complex cocktail of workload pressures, reorganisations, hierarchical cultures, and poor management and leadership. These combine to create an organisational climate in which inappropriate and unacceptable behaviours go relatively unchallenged. Employers need to stop waiting for individuals to raise grievances, leave or go sick. There must be honest reflection on leadership behaviours that permit, encourage or collude in bullying, and a willingness from leaders to tackle bullying by managers and professionals. It is organisational culture that allows bullying to be so common and damaging. Holding managers and staff to account for their standards of behaviour can radically reduce bullying. Some trusts have shown that is possible even with all the pressures arising from current underfunding and uncertainty. Our work provides another compelling reason why the NHS cannot afford to look the other way.” The Guardian November 2018

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

“Around one in five doctors in the NHS say they have been bullied or harassed by managers or other staff in the past year.  Most incidents go unreported, often because staff believe nothing will happen or they are afraid to raise concerns.” British Medical Association 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

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 behaviour
• Understand how you can improve your skills in supporting staff who have been bullied
• Identify key strategies for managing and working with difficult bullying behaviour
• 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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