The Government is committed to continuously improving the reporting of workplace bullying in the National Health Service, in particular through the NHS Staff Survey which is managed by NHS England. The Survey, which is recognised as an important way of ensuring NHS staff views input to local and national assessments of quality, safety, and delivery of the NHS Constitution, records the percentage of staff experiencing harassment, bullying or abuse from staff over the previous 12 months. Results are available at individual trust level so they know how they compare against their peers and can assess where further work is required.
The NHS Constitution includes staff rights set out in legislation as well as pledges that the NHS makes to staff. These rights and pledges provide a framework in which all employers are expected to operate. One of the rights set out in the NHS Constitution is that staff are entitled to “an environment free from harassment, bullying or violence”.