Surviving in Scrubs have published their first report 'Surviving healthcare: Sexism and sexual violence in the healthcare workforce' is now live.
The report is an analysis of 150 survivor stories submitted to their website since they launched in 2022. It details the findings on the incidents, factors and challenges unique to healthcare that permit sexism and sexual violence in the healthcare workforce. The report contains recommendations to healthcare organisations to better support survivors and end these behaviours.
- Education on sexism and sexual misconduct for all staff in healthcare including students, with a focus on responding to reports of sexual misconduct for managers, culture change, allyship and preventing sexual misconduct.
- Research into the impact of sexism and sexual misconduct on the healthcare workforce via an intersectional lens and development of evidence based interventions to prevent sexual misconduct.
- An independent inquiry into the culture of sexism and sexual misconduct in healthcare. Improved support for survivors, with access to specialist sexual violence support from independent sexual violence advocates provided by healthcare employers.
- A review of current policy and past cases by healthcare employers to improve internal processes.
- Introduction of specialist sexism and sexual misconduct policies, separated from other workforce policies, available in every healthcare employer.
- An independent anonymous reporting system available across the NHS.
- Reform from healthcare regulators to reduce the number of cases dropped before investigation and improved psychological safety measures for witnesses during the investigation and tribunal processes.
- A system to improve communication between healthcare employers, regulators, and the police.
- Mandatory reporting from the employer to healthcare regulator should be introduced for cases of sexual harassment and assault.
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