More than 60% of students feel they have been subjected to bullying whilst on clinical placement, according to new research by the Society of Radiographers.
63.8% of respondents also said they had witnessed another student being subjected to bullying and harassment whilst on their placement, whilst two thirds had been absent from work on at least one occasion owing to poor clinical placement experience.
The data comes from a survey of 500 student members of the Society.
A full breakdown of the data can be found in the SoR Document Library.
Respondents anonymously shared some of the shocking incidents they had experienced on placement, including:
Lyn West-Wigley, Health and Safety Officer at the Society, said: “The survey doesn’t make pleasant reading and it identifies there is a problem.
“The SoR has a list of recommendations prioritising our next steps and we will continue to engage with universities and clinical placements to work towards eradicating the problem.”
One measure being put into action by the Society is the implementation of a requirement that when a higher education course is subject to re-accreditation, the clinical placement must have at least one practice educator who has attended the practice educator’s scheme and received a formal qualification.