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Executive Summary

It is acknowleged that some students on clinical placement experience bullying and harassment. The Society and College of Radiographers believes that any form of bullying and harassment is unacceptable. Thankfully the vast majority of  students experience both a rewarding and supportive academic and clinical placement, which is facilitated by supportive teaching teams and clinical lecturers/educators.

The following bullet points highlight the main findings from the survey:

  • 62.9% (161) of respondents felt they had been subjected to bullying whilst on their clinical placement
  • 63.8% of respondents have witnessed another student being subjected to bullying and harassment whilst on their clinical placement
  • Respondents identified at least one of the following symptoms during their clinical placement:
    • 93.4% experienced self doubt and loss of confidence, an significant increase of 25.4% from the 2010 survey 
    • 65.4% had the inability to relax or switch off from study. In 2010 this figure stood at 49%, which sees an increase of 16.4%
    • 57.8% suffered from sleeplessness, this has risen from 41%, a 16.8% rise, although these figures could result also from the inability to relax or switch off
    • 44.3% cited being depressed. This has more than doubled in five years from 21%, a significantly worrying increase. Employers have a legal duty to ensure the health safety and wellbeing (including mental health of employees)
    • 51.8% experienced feelings of isolation: students will flourish with inclusion support and guidance.
  • Two thirds of respondents have been absent from work on at least one occasion owing to poor clinical placement experience
  • When questioned on the number of incidents to which respondents had been subjected:
  • 49.3% (120) had experienced between two and five separate incidents
  • 16.8% (41) reported experiencing between five and ten separate incidents,
  • 17.2% (42) reported being subjected to more than 10 separate incidents,
  • 60.2% of respondents were bullied and harassed during the day, which would raise the question, why during the busiest times in a department is this type of behaviour not challenged?


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