Bullying is a real problem for our profession, like it is in the
rest of the health sector. It compromises patient safety. Almost
half of us have seen it or felt it. Now is the time to build
respect and improve patient safety in surgery and deal with
discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment.
We are in the second of a multi-year campaign to build respect
and improve patient safety in surgery. There are three areas of
focus for this work: cultural change and leadership; improving
surgical education; and strengthening complaints management.
We are implementing more than 20 projects outlined in our Action
We are coordinating our efforts through our campaign, Let's
Operate With Respect.
more about what we are doing.
We are proud of what we have done so far and have a clear focus
on what we need to do in 2017. Read more in this section about the
highlights of our work so far in building respect, and improving
patient safety in surgery. We understand that cultural change takes
time and are committed to providing support to our Fellows,
Trainees and IMGs over the long term.
Also in this section is more information about the work of the
Expert Advisory Group in 2015, which provided both the impetus and
the framework for our effort.
more about what we have done.
What does Operating with Respect mean to you?
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More than anything, cultural change relies on leadership from
surgeons who are personally committed to building respect and
improving patient safety in surgery.
Surgical education is also critical. RACS has mandated a number
of programs to increase understanding and awareness of
discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment and give Fellows,
Trainees and IMGs the skills they need to do something about
To help build a culture of respect in surgery you can:
- Complete Operating With Respect. The elearning module
is mandatory. Do it now online. CPD 2017 requirement.
- Do the Foundation Skills for Surgical Educators (FSSE)
course. It is mandatory if you teach or train SET trainees or
- Complete the Operating with Respect face to face course.
Mandatory for Surgical Supervisors, IMG Clinical Assessors and
Training Board/Education Committee Representatives.
about what you can do.
Watch videos from surgeons sharing their personal stories and
ideas about bullying, discrimination and harassment.
stories, news and partnering for change.