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Chesterfield Royal Sign Anti-bullying Initiative

In the 2016 national NHS staff survey Chesterfield Royal Hospital was a top performer when it came to staff experiencing bullying and harassment – with scores less than the national average. 

Even so, the Trust is determined to make sure none of its 3,800 employers are affected by this type of behaviour and so, to mark Anti Bullying Week, it’s teamed up with the Social Partnership Forum (SPF) — the national body that promotes partnerships in the NHS  — in a nationwide initiative to help prevent, identify and stamp out bullying across the health service.

Members of the Trust’s board of directors and Staff Side unions were on hand to give their pledge to a ‘collective call to action’, which was signed off by the Royal’s Chief Executive, Simon Morritt. As part of the pledge the Trust has agreed to:

  • Determine a starting point and deliver goals for improvement
  • Promote and deliver training on Raising Concerns & Dignity at Work
  • Cascade our leadership behaviours
  • Develop a trust wide network of ‘Freedom to Speak Up’ champions

Zoe Lintin, the Trust’s Director of Workforce and Organisational Development, explained: “We’re delighted to sign up to the National Social Partnership Forum’s Collective Call to Action against Bullying in the NHS.

“It shows our commitment to making Chesterfield Royal a great place to work, where all individuals feel supported and safe.  We are committed to making sure our hospital has a positive culture where we ‘live’ values that include dignity and respect for our colleagues.”

Sarah Harrington-Pollock, Chair of Staff Side, added: “We all share a responsibility to identify and challenge unacceptable behaviour in the workplace. Staff Side are pleased to work with Senior Leaders within the Trust to sign this pledge which identifies specific actions to promote a positive working environment where bullying and harassment is tackled, staff are trusted and supported, and good behaviour is role-modelled.”

"Bullying can have serious consequences for affected individuals and those they work with, reducing productivity and risking poorer patient care," states the SPF. “By working in partnership to develop and implement policies, like this call to action, we’ll create better workplaces across the NHS.” https://www.socialpartnershipforum.org/about-spf/