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What to do if you’ve experienced bullying or undermining

This is one of the recommendations from the ‘individual’ section of the RCOG/RCM undermining toolkit.

What to do if you’ve experienced bullying or undermining

Many things can be done to tackle bullying and undermining, but there’s no quick fix or ‘one size fits all’ solution. Approaches need to be individualised.

If you think you’ve been bullied, try talking to the following people:

  • Peers
  • Senior colleagues
  • Mentors
  • Your line manager, educational supervisor or supervisor of midwives
  • The labour ward matron, head of midwifery, obstetric lead or clinical director
  • The College Tutor or Director of Medical Education
  • HR personnel
  • Peer representatives – for O&G trainees this may be members of your local trainees’ committee
  • Your trade union representative
  • Regional educational leads, e.g. Training Programme Directors for O&G trainees
  • Counselling or advocacy services
  • Your local Workplace Behaviour Champion

If your psychological or physical health is being affected, you can talk to your GP and occupational health department. Indeed, it is your responsibility as a health professional to do so.

References and further reading

Elsewhere on the site

Resources and support for trainees
Further resources to support specialty trainees in O&G
Resources and support for trainers
Resources to help trainers deliver the specialty training programme in O&G