- Advertisement -


Wednesday, 23 September 2020


Charity launches nationwide survey to understand bullying in the workplace

- Advertisement -
The Association for Perioperative Practice (AfPP) has launched its second nationwide survey in a bid to better understand the challenges faced by those working within the operating theatre and associated areas.

Poor mental health amongst healthcare professionals and the effect it has on patient care is one of the most talked-about issues in healthcare. This is true now more than ever, as we live through the Coronavirus pandemic.

The first online survey, which comprised of a series of questions relating to best practice, culture, and behaviour within the perioperative environment, received nearly 800 responses and highlighted bullying as a major issue.

Dawn Stott, CEO of the association said:

“As an organisation, we take patient outcomes and the wellbeing of all perioperative practitioners very seriously.

“In our first survey, an alarming 86% of responders felt concerned about staff wellbeing and the effect it is having on patient safety, with the results indicating that bullying is one of the major factors raising their concern. 86% said they had witnessed bullying within the perioperative environment on more than one occasion, with 71% of these stating they had also been a victim of bullying themselves.

“In addition, when asked whether they would feel able to speak up and report the instances of bullying towards them, over a quarter of respondents said they felt they would be too scared to make a formal complaint.”

The Harrogate-based charity has ensured responses will be kept completely anonymous so that theatre practitioners and students can communicate their experiences and concerns honestly.

As the leading membership organisation for the perioperative workforce, the Association for Perioperative Practice put patient and staff safety at the heart of all they do.

For almost 60 years they have worked to enhance skills and knowledge within operating departments, sterile services departments and associated areas.

Their mission is to improve standards of care and patient safety within the perioperative arena by determining correct standards and promoting best practice, facilitating education and practice development, providing professional support services for perioperative practitioners, providing a forum for partnership with industry and shaping healthcare policy in the UK.

The charity believes that by obtaining first-hand knowledge of the issues those working in the theatre environment are facing, they can further enhance their support to members and the wider perioperative community.

Dawn added: 

We launched our Caring for those who Care Campaign at the end of last year. The campaign looks at how best to improve negative cultures within the operating theatre as well as raising awareness of the impact on patient safety.

“We want to obtain an accurate understanding of the issues our members and the wider perioperative community may be facing so that we can campaign for change.”

Those working within the perioperative environment and associated areas are invited to provide their honest thoughts and feedback via the online survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CftwC2a throughout the whole of June.

To find out more or to join the association, please visit www.afpp.org.uk.

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Stay Connected


Must Read

Quick-thinking five-year-old saves dad’s life after seizure

A five-year-old girl has been praised for saving her father’s life after he collapsed. Avaana Samuel was at home in Worcester Park, Sutton, when her...

“MS turned my ‘perfect life’ into a living nightmare,” says gold-medalist Stephanie Millward MBE

PARALYMPIC gold medallist Stephanie Millward MBE will be swimming 100 kilometres to raise funds for the MS Society. The 39-year-old, who has multiple sclerosis (MS),...
- Advertisement -

Employment News

From Chairman to Patron, John Corless OBE continues his 50 years of supporting Phab

PHAB has announced that following his retirement in June as Chairman of Phab, John Corless OBE has accepted the role of Patron, succeeding Lord...

Penny Appeal appoints experienced new Director of International Programmes

PENNY Appeal is pleased to confirm the appointment of Monica Blagescu as its interim Director of International Programmes. The move is part of a...

End of an era for Cheshire Charity Chief

LEADING Cheshire Charity Active Cheshire has formally announced the departure of their long-serving CEO, Anne Boyd. Anne has led the Charity for 8 years, transforming,...

Related News

Kiltwalk raises £5m for Scotland’s charities

SCOTLAND'S Kiltwalkers and The Hunter Foundation have raised a massive £5 million for over 900 Scottish charities in 2020.  The COVID-19 pandemic saw all...

Macmillan to make redundancies amid £175m coronavirus losses

MACMILLAN Cancer Support regrets to announce that it proposes to make 310 redundancies in response to an expected £175m loss in fundraising income by...

Shelter, Age UK and Heads Together announced as National Emergencies Trust partners

THE National Emergencies Trust (NET) is announcing new partnerships with Age UK, Heads Together and Shelter, who will each receive a share of £12million in Coronavirus...

New Trustees for GroceryAid

GroceryAid has announced three new Trustees have joined the Board in 2020 - Mark McKenzie, Group Sales Director, Nestle UK & Ireland, Dawood Pervez,...

New Skills Fund to unlock £500m per year employment potential of UK prison population

UNLOCKING the skills potential of the UK's prison population could put £500million a year back into the economy in lowering reoffending rates alone, a...
- Advertisement -