One in five North East NHS workers 'bullied'

One in five NHS staff employed in the North East says they've been bullied by colleagues, according to a survey.

The research carried out by Durham University suggests that unmanageable workloads, public humiliation and angry outbursts are common problems.

The study, published in the online journal BMJ Open, said almost half reported they have witnessed bullying in the last six months.

Managers were the worst offenders, with increasing workloads and the workplace culture contributory factor.

  • Unmanageable workloads
  • Withholding key information
  • Public humiliation
  • Being deliberately ignored
  • Being shouted at or the target of an angry outburst

Almost 3,000 NHS staff who work in a range of roles at seven trusts across the North East of England answered a questionnaire for the study by Professor Jan Illing of Durham University.

"Trusts should look at policies and consider what they can do to reduce workplace bullying.

"There needs to be a commitment from the Chief Executive and once that is in place, things are likely to happen."

– Professor Illing, Centre for Medical Education Research at Durham University