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1. Introduction

1.1 The majority of radiography students experience rewarding academic and clinical placements with supportive teaching teams and clinical educators. Sadly, however, a few students experience bullying and harassment. The Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR) believes that bullying and harassment are completely unacceptable in any form. Students experiencing bullying often do not want to "kick up a fuss, prejudice my marks or get a bad name" but students should not, under any circumstances, have these fears.

1.2 Radiography students should be treated fairly and consistently, and with dignity and respect, wherever they study or undertake practice placements. Educational institutions and workplaces should be free from undue stress, anxiety or fear of intimidation.

The reality is, however, that as a radiography student you may come into contact with unreasonable behaviour or comments that are directed at you at some stage during your training – whether you suffer yourself, or see others having problems. It could be in the academic environment, or on a clinical placement.

1.3 Bullying and harassment in the health sector is not tolerated by the Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR) and, as a trade union, the Society of Radiographers (SoR) supports members who have suffered any form of this behaviour. In the 2010 SoR Student and Graduate survey1 we were disappointed to see that in therapeutic radiography and diagnostic imaging, dissatisfaction with clinical placements was high on the list of reasons why students do not complete a course.

1.4 The results of the NHS Staff Survey in 20092 show that, in the previous 12 months, around one in six NHS employees (17%) had experienced bullying, harassment or abuse from either their line manager or other colleagues. When asked if they had ever personally experienced harassment or bullying at work by Incomes Data Services in 20073, 56% of NHS staff said they had at one time or another been bullied or harassed by other staff.

1.5 These figures are alarming and you can see, bullying and harassment is on the increase and we must work to ensure that we challenge this type of behaviour.

1.6 We recommend this guide to help you to challenge this behaviour offer advice and information to recognise bullying and harassment when it occurs give advice on practical steps and support to protect yourself support others who may not recognise the signs or symptoms

1.7 The SCoR will raise awareness of these problems with education institutions and clinical placement providers. If people and organisations are aware of the problems, then they can take steps to eradicate them.

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