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Webinar: For all surgeons, surgical managers and team-members - How to reduce the risk of bullying

Start 6:30 PM
End 7:30 PM
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  • 1   CPD Points
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Learning Outcomes

Join RCS Council members Mrs Scarlett McNally, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and Mr Tim Mitchell, Consultant Otolaryngologist in the upcoming webinar session focusing on bullying and harassment in the workplace.

Bullying, undermining and harassment are ongoing concerns in the NHS, with the BMA reporting that one in five doctors in the UK have been bullied or harassed by managers or other staff in the past year. Our own member feedback, including via our Women in Surgery programme, supports this evidence and raises concerns.

The RCS has a zero tolerance approach to bullying and supports the recent campaign by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, ASiT and BOTA.

This webinar will cover:

  • how bullying and harassment negatively impact the productivity of a team
  • reports of undermining behaviour prevalent in the surgical specialties
  • how this behaviour harms the profession and patients
  • what a supportive environment looks like
  • how to respond to undermining behaviour and whose responsibility is it
  • can a zero-tolerance level be achieved?

There will also be the opportunity to take part in a Q&A session.

Event Overview

Are you aware?

Surgeons are at high risk of being accused of bullying. In some surgical teams, bullying is commonplace from many directions (including management, other staff and around performance issues). Staff and patients suffer.

Much of our behaviour stems from unconscious bias (compounded by poor Equality & Diversity training).  People may not know what to say and can be mis-interpreted. See

We need clear ‘rules of engagement’.  Behaviour can be learnt, including awareness of cultural issues, encouraging civility and focussing on the task, not the individual. We need to “call out” others’ poor behaviour, including trying a “Vanderbilt cup of coffee” as in the Australian surgeons’

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