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Introduction and Background

This policy forms part of Ashford & St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s (ASPH’s) commitment to create a positive culture of respect for all individuals including staff, patients, their families and carers as well as community partners. The Trust’s values (the ‘4P’s’) and Staff Pledge are integral to all aspects of day-to-day life in the organisation and underpin the application of all our employment policies and procedures.

Ashford & St. Peter’s wishes to ensure that all staff are treated with dignity and respect, and there is a working environment free from harassment and bullying. Harassment and bullying will not be tolerated at any level.


Purpose and Principles

This statement of policy sets out means by which individuals can seek redress if they believe that they are the subject of harassment, bullying or victimisation in the workplace. In addition, it ensures that the Trust meets its legal and ethical obligations.

The Trust recognises the adverse effects that harassment and bullying can have on individuals. It also recognises that poor working relationships are potentially harmful to the recipients of our service.

The objectives of this policy are as follows:

  • To raise awareness of how to tackle bullying, harassment and victimisation in the workplace
  • To outline the processes to be followed to raise and respond to concerns raised by staff
  • To identify sources of support available to staff when handling cases of bullying and harassment
  • To support managers and staff to identify and resolve issues in the workplace which are causing conflict between individuals and / or teams.

All concerns will be dealt with sensitively and confidentially. Victimisation as a result of making a complaint or giving evidence will not be tolerated.

Not all acts of harassment or bullying are intentional. What is important is how the action is perceived.


Policy Details

Download: PDF version
Compiled by: HR Business Partners and Advisors
Ratified by: Trust Executive Committee
Date Ratified: October 2017
Date Issued: October 2017
Review Date: October 2020
Target Audience: All staff
Contact name: HR Business Partners and Advisors


See also:

  • Disciplinary Policy
  • Single Equality Scheme
  • Grievance Policy
  • Freedom to Speak Up: Raising Concerns (Whistle Blowing) Policy
  • Appeals Procedure
  • Learning, Education and Development Policy