This is one of the recommendations from the ‘unit, trust and local education provider’ section of the RCOG/RCM undermining toolkit.
Workplace equity officers/trainee representatives
Staff who support other staff can be key to successful implementation of an anti-bullying culture. Their role is primarily to listen, support and outline options to an individual, in much the same way as Workplace Behaviour Champions operate for O&G trainees. Their role is not to advocate for or represent the individual, nor to approach the perpetrator.
Such schemes are widespread in the NHS and can have a very positive impact. They need to be accessible and visible, and in all cases can facilitate reporting/whistle-blowing. For more information, please read the Dignity At Work Policy and the British Occupational Health Research Foundation (BOHRF) report Destructive Interpersonal Conflict in the Workplace: The effectiveness of management interventions.
Many organisations have also introduced a confidential helpline for staff to access support.
The RCOG Trainees’ Committee actively promotes the RCOG’s work on workplace-based behaviours via a quarterly newsletter to trainees. Some regional trainee committees also work locally, linking to the relevant pages of the RCOG website on their own local trainees’ websites, discussing workplace-based behaviours, having champions at ST1 induction programmes and running trainee-led workshops during regional teaching days.