South Tyneside health chief’s anti-bullying pledge

HEALTH BOSS ... Ian Frame.
HEALTH BOSS ... Ian Frame.

HEALTH bosses in South Tyneside have pledged there’s no place for bullying in their hospitals.

The promise comes after shock statistics by Durham University revealed that one in five NHS workers said they’d been bullied in their workplace.

Today, bosses at South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust have said they take such claims extremely seriously and there are procedures in place to deal with any incidents.

Ian Frame, the Trust’s executive director for personnel and development, said: “No one should have to put up with harassment or bullying in any form in the workplace.

“As an employer, we take such behaviour extremely seriously and we have procedures in place to deal with alleged incidents quickly and effectively.”

The study, published in the online journal BMJ Open, and which saw almost 3,000 being interviewed, also revealed more than 40 per cent say they had witnessed other staff being bullied at work in the preceding six months

However, the most recent NHS National Staff Survey for 2012 has shown the borough’s health workers seem happy overall with their surroundings.

Workers gave their job satisfaction a rating of 3.65 – with the highest score being five – higher than the national average of 3.58, while recommending the Trust as a place to work, or receive treatment, was given a 3.76, again more than the national average of 3.57.

However, when it comes to workplace stress, the Trust had 36 per cent of respondents saying they had suffered stress within the last year, compared to 29 per cent in 2011.

Mr Frame added: We were pleased to see that, in the 2012 National NHS Staff Survey, we were in the best 20 per cent of acute trusts in the country, in relation to having the lowest percentage of staff experiencing harassment, bullying or abuse from other staff in the previous 12 months.

“In fact, this was one of the five key findings where South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust compared most favourably with other acute trusts in England.

“It is because we value our staff extremely highly that we were delighted with the overall results of the survey, in which we were ranked among the top 20 per cent in the majority of categories, including job satisfaction and recommending our Trust as a place to work or receive treatment.”

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