Deadline approaches for NHS Highland bullying review

Joanna Macdonald, Agyll and Bute HSCP chief officer.

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Anyone affected by bullying, harassment or inappropriate behaviour within the NHS in Argyll and Bute has just two weeks left to participate in NHS Highland’s Culture Review.

Launched on February 19, the Review follows on from last year’s damning report into NHS Highland’s management culture by John Sturrock QC.

In response to the report, NHS Highland launched an Independent Culture Review questionnaire, aimed at NHS Highland staff past and present in Argyll and Bute.

Market research firm Progressive Partnership has been contracted to design and carry out the review and report back on the findings.

NHS Highland HR director Fiona Hogg said: ‘The findings will help NHS Highland to ensure it takes the right actions to encourage reporting and address the causes of bullying and inappropriate behaviour.

‘The online questionnaire can be filled in from a phone, tablet or personal computer, so is accessible to everyone who wants to take part.  It is being promoted through a variety of internal and external channels to ensure that as many colleagues and ex colleagues have an opportunity for their voice to be heard.

‘Progressive Partnership will be collating all the information received from the questionnaire and it is anticipated that the final report will be published in late April.’

Joanna Macdonald, chief officer for Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership added: ‘This is an opportunity for all NHS Highland colleagues in Argyll and Bute, both past and present, to have their say and I would encourage them to fill out the questionnaire.’

The questionnaire will stay open until Friday March 27 and can be accessed online at

Anyone wishing to complete a paper copy, can request one by emailing or calling Progressive Partnership on 0131 316 1900.