The NHS is Britain’s greatest treasure. Yet it still harbours a culture of hierarchy where bullying, harassment and appalling training environments go unchallenged. We believe that bullying, and discouraging victims from speaking up, goes hand in hand with a blame culture.
Often doctors are shamed into silence, and don’t realise other doctors are struggling just as much as they are. Morale is at an all time low in the NHS, with rates of burnout and sadly, even physician suicide on the rise. DAUK are teaming up with our Royal Colleges as part of a wider NHS anti-bullying alliance and are encouraging doctors to speak out.
After #NHSMeToo went viral, DAUK launched a subsequent campaign lobbying for a Compassionate Culture. After enabling doctors to speak up about instances of bullying and mistreatment, we are now asking doctors to share their positive experiences, where they have been treated with compassion.
Through our campaign we hope to share and disseminate examples of exemplary practice to encourage a change in culture and a move towards a kinder NHS which treats staff with compassion.
OUR CAMPAIGN FOR A MORE COMPASSIONATE NHS
Compassionate Culture in the news
DAUK in The Mirror: NHS and social care staff face mental health crisis in wake of Covid-19’s first wave
Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden DAUK President warns the All Party Parliamentary Group on Coronavirus that we are heading into a mental health crisis in the NHS. DAUK urged the APPG to ensure that staff were adequately supported and valued before heading into a potential second wave.
We explore the mental health impact of COVID-19 and burn out in the NHS as our survey reveals nearly half of respondents are thinking about leaving due to the impact on their personal mental health.
Dr Natalie Ashburner, a psychiatry registrar and DAUKs well-being lead talks to Cosmopolitan for their article on gender health inequality, and particularly on how women’s