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Being on placement in a hospital where I have been in the minority race caused a lot of issues. The superintendent was abusive and unrealistic with the way she treated me and my colleague because we were in the minority,

The behaviour of the bully made me extremely depressed to the extent that I feel I am not worth of anything. Other student members and clinical staff also expressed the same feeling but no one has ever tried to challenge the perpetrator as it is widely tolerated within the department.

As I have qualified in August as a PgDip Therapy radiographer, I no longer wish to discuss the matter. I am still not working, I am not actively looking for work as a therapy radiographer and to be honest I don't feel like I want to work as a radiographer as I don't want to be in that environment every day. The experience was very bad.

The radiographer was intimidating and very confrontational. She was shouting while I was not present how (sic) a horrible and useless person I was and the clinical coordinator and Department Supervisor where (sic) laughing while she was badmouthing me. She also talked bad about me in front of me by pointing at me and humiliating me in front of the Supervisor and at the time the Supervisor was laughing again about her comments.

XXXX hospital was the worst 8 weeks I have ever experienced! I would be happy to give statements as lecturers did not take seriously.

These incidents happen on a regular basis and leave me feeling embarrassed and upset. As a student it is hard to fight back and change what is happening so I am trying to ignoring(sic) what is happening and focus on the reason I am at clinical placement. There are only a few weeks left of clinical placement so I will just struggle through and focus on the end where they can stop treating me like this because I'm a student.

Lack of support from clinical tutor, criticism of students in front of others, singling out one student, unfair rotation, criticism without opportunity for discussion or explanation, made to feel worthless, incompetent and disliked by the person supposed to be looking after us in placement.

My course finished in 2012, I did not become a professional radiographer due to back problems and the bullying issue, which was so severe, and it was practically unbelievable. I knew 1 student who left the course, and several of us moved to other hospitals. It felt like a military training centre, where students were shouted and yelled at, made to look ridiculous, and at other times completely ignored. The x-ray department contained too many aggressive, hostile, resentful staff that loathed students and seemed obsessed with issues such as status and low pay. I thank God that I shall never have to train or work there again

There were more than one clinical staff who treating (sic) the students badly. As well as being subjected to bullying in the form of humiliation, belittling, being ignored, given bad feedback, I also witnesses (sic) discrimination towards a student of a difficult (sic) culture, had the radiographers make rude comments and some of the students and heard radiographers make rude comments about other hospital staff outside the department. Having worked in a hospital previously, this was the worst case of bullying I have seen/been subjected to. I felt completely unsupported by the university and was told if  I make a formal complaint then I would have to deal with the consequences on placement.

We have has (sic) several quite challenging cases of bullying in the least two years. These have not been isolated to one dept, they have occurred in different placements. Managers have been very receptive when informed, and responded appropriately. However attitudes "on the shop floor" in depts seem slow to change.

Main issue seems to be clinical educators (lecturer practitioners and clinical tutors) are more thinly stretched year on year. They are given more tasks, more students in some cases than the previous year, with the same or less resources. If and when they are available for one-to-one discussion/support (often preferring to have group meetings) the student is under a great deal of pressure to tell their side accurately, concisely, and confidently, otherwise the student's abilities are called into question.

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