Today the Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust Board meeting will consider an independent report by Professor Duncan Lewis of Plymouth University on workplace behaviours at the Trust which is responsible for running Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham. The report identifies inappropriate behaviours of staff and found that 30% of staff responding to a survey had experienced bullying.

The report is incorporated in the Trust Board in public 6 December 2018 papers (page 95 onwards)

This is Healthwatch Portsmouth’s comment on the report

We are shocked to hear about the prevalence of bullying at PHT. We are though working with them on Quality issues and this will be our strong focus. We are pleased to read that the  Trust’s Culture Change piece of work has identified opportunities for the Chief Executive and recruited Change Agents to inform staff in all departments about the plans to improve support to help staff bring about positive change, recognising the need to take action and reproducing the environment in those departments, such as in Critical Care where staff reported it was a “really good place to work”

We will report back to our Board Meeting in Public, our next one being on Tuesday 11th December, starting at 2.30pm (until 4.30pm) at St Mary’s Community Building, St Mary’s Road, PO3 6BB.   Everyone is welcome.

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