Tackling discrimination and more
Being a surgeon takes more than technical excellence. How we
behave shapes our culture and profession.
We are serious about putting an end to bullying, discrimination,
harassment and sexual harassment in surgery. What we are doing is
outlined in our
Action Plan. This work is focused on three main areas: culture
and leadership, improving surgical education and strengthening
For more information, please refer to our Frequently Asked
Read more about the
highlights of our achievements in 2018.
How will we measure our progress
We are pleased to announce that highly credentialed evaluation
professionals, Thread Consulting, have been engaged to prepare a comprehensive evaluation framework for the
Building Respect Improving Patient Safety Initiative. The
consultants, together with a Project Reference Group, will work
through a systematic process to develop this framework, which will
provide a means of assessing the reach and impact of the Building
Respect Initiative over the medium and long term (at the 5 and 10
Using the project's planned outcomes as a base, key evaluation questions and appropriate
indicators and data sources will be identified, resulting in
development of a data collection plan. This will take into account
commitments already made to repeat particular pieces of research
conducted at the outset of this initiative eg the DBSH prevalence
survey, and will incorporate data already being collected during
day to day activity implementation.
The data collected plus triangulated findings will inform
program improvement and evolution, in addition to providing a
measure of the extent to which the program goals have been
achieved, at the different points in time when effectiveness
measures are undertaken.
Our work to build a culture of respect is continuing in 2019.
This year's priorities include:
- implementing phase 1 of our 3-phase evaluation framework and
using insights gleaned to inform and strengthen our plans for
- resourcing our Fellows, Trainees and International Medical
Graduates (IMGs) to provide constructive feedback, with a continued
focus on improving surgical education.
- to continuously review and improve our complaints handling
- working closely with our health sector and government partners
to influence cultural change across the health sector.
- collaborating with Specialty Societies and Training Boards, to
maximise the impact of our efforts to build respect in
- engaging as many Fellows, Trainees and IMGs as we can to work
with us to build a culture of respect.
Updated policies and procedures
We have updated many of our policies and procedures to make sure
they reflect RACS commitment to building respect, and improving
Some of the most important policies and procedures we have
developed or updated include:
We have done a lot of work to improve surgical education. We
have developed learning opportunities for surgeons to find out more
about bullying, discrimination and harassment in the workplace and
learn what they can do about it.
elearning module on DBSH. Mandatory for all College
Fellows, Trainees and IMGs. Integrated with RACS'
continuing professional development program
Expanded the Foundation Skills for Surgical Educators course, to
strengthen surgical education. Mandatory for surgeons who
teach or train SET trainees or supervise IMGs.
Operating with Respect face to face advanced training course to
help surgeons deal with discrimination, bullying and sexual
harassment. Mandatory for Surgical
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