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.
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 online
module. This is mandatory for Fellows, SET Trainees and
IMGs. Do it now online.
- Do the Foundation Skills for Surgical Educators
(FSSE) course. It is mandatory if you teach or train
SET trainees or supervise IMGs.
- Do the one-day Operating with Respect Face to Face
course. Mandatory for SET Surgical Supervisors, IMG
Clinical Assessors and Training Board/Education Committee
Representatives. Required to be completed by 31 December 2019.
more about "what you can do", enrol in a course and check on
We are in the third year 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
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 2018. 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".
Watch videos from surgeons sharing their personal stories and
ideas about bullying, discrimination and harassment.
"stories and news" and "partnering for change".