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Workplace Behaviour Champions: job description

This page sets out the job description for RCOG Workplace Behaviour Champions.

Workplace Behaviour Champions are part of our improving workplace behaviours project to address undermining and bullying in the workplace.

Key tasks

  • Act as a local (LETB/deanery) point of contact for obstetrics and gynaecology trainees for advice and support in relation to matters of unacceptable workplace behaviour. Champions may also be approached by career grade trainees and consultants and may feel happy to be a source of advice and expertise, but their primary focus is trainees in training. This may be determined by whether the role is a remunerated School/LETB post and is open to local discretion and agreement.
  • Work alongside the deanery (or equivalent) professional support structures =to access resources and support for trainees where relevant, and provide support/supervision to the post holder.
  • Contribute to RCOG reports through the Head of School on results and actions arising from the GMC trainee survey or RCOG training evaluation forms.
  • Work proactively with the Head of School where concerns regarding undermining are raised in units. Consider informal visits to raise the profile (subject to time commitment and remuneration as above).
  • To demonstrate objectivity and externality from the trainee assessment process, the appointed individual(s) should normally have no formal educational assessment role at School Board/LETB level (particularly no direct role on ARCP panels); however, they will be accountable to the Head of School and report regularly to the School Board and RCOG on activity using anonymised data.
  • Contribute to the RCOG workplace advisors network and attend meetings where able (usually twice per year).

Person specification

Essential

  • Fellow or Member of the RCOG or other medical royal college
  • Excellent communication skills – listening, empathy, able to negotiate, understands need for confidentiality, etc.
  • Experience of educational supervision
  • Experience in an educational support role
  • Knowledge of professional and social support available to staff, e.g. human resources, confidential employee advice service, deanery support structures
  • Experience of dealing with undermining or bullying behaviours
  • Ability to develop and implement effective local solutions to address issues identified
  • Ability to provide regular reports on activity to the Head of School

Desirable

  • Experience in an educational or management role, e.g. one of the following:
    • Clinical Tutor
    • Training Programme Director
    • Head of School
    • Clinical Lead
    • Coach or Mentor
    • Member of Professional Advisory Panel
    • Member of Fitness to Practise Panel

Notes on appointment process

  • Locally based Workplace Behaviour Champions will be appointed by the Head of School. RCOG recommends that the selection panel should include as a minimum: 
    • Head of School or nominated deputy
    • Chair of local Trainees’ Committee or nominated deputy
    • Lay representative (Appointed by Deanery)
  • It’s expected that the Champion will operate outside of the formal School processes. This will ensure objectivity and avoid conflicts of interest when called upon to deal with allegations of unacceptable workplace behaviour.
  • The Champion will be sufficiently senior that they have access to senior management level within their employing organisation and Postgraduate Dean/senior management team of the LETB.
  • There is no agreement for PA allocation unless Deans choose to ratify and expand the role. Travel expenses to RCOG network meetings will be subject to local agreement (via the school/Deanery/LETB or employing Trust)

Key areas which are not the responsibility of Workplace Behaviour Champions are:

  • Involvement directly in the management or resolution of specific complaints regarding individual consultants and or units.
  • Being the sole deanery/school representative to take on any issues relating to undermining. There needs to be system-wide responsibility for this in both schools and trusts/hospitals.

Elsewhere on the site

Advice and support for trainees
Information and resources to help support trainees throughout their training
Resources and support for trainers
Useful resources to help trainers deliver the specialty training programme in O&G