So far 879 people have taken part in the
independent survey into bullying and harassment led by Professor
Duncan Lewis launched two weeks ago.

We are trying to get as many people as
possible to take part in the survey as this is key to us making our
workplaces fair and respectful places to work.

The survey only takes 10-15 minutes to
complete and you are assured that your responses are 100%
with only Professor Lewis having access to

Please remember, the survey is aimed at all
our workforce – you do not have to experienced bullying and
harassment to complete the survey.

You also can contact Professor Lewis directly
at the end of the survey should you wish to discuss matters
privately with him.

Please help SECAmb to improve by taking part
in this survey

You can access the survey here

The Exec and I think this will be a really important and
exciting piece of work and we are very pleased to say that this is
being fully funded through HEKSS, so will not be a direct cost to
the Trust.

For your information then, here are the basics of the agreed
Project Plan for Professor Lewis’ diagnostic:

Part 1 ( February & March 2017) will be the
survey of all Trust members of staff. This will capture several key
features of issues known to be associated with B&H. Respondents
will be sent an email with a link to the survey which they can
complete at a time and place convenient to them.

The survey can be started and saved at intervals and returned to
when a respondent has time to complete it. This provides a degree
of flexibility for respondents who may not have sufficient time to
complete the survey in one attempt. The survey would take
approximately 15 minutes to complete.

All data would be held solely by Professor Lewis to ensure total
anonymity for participants.

Part 2 (April through May 2017)

Hold a total of 14 focus groups as follows:

1. A single focus group with the Executive team to better
understand their perceptions of the B&H phenomena at the

2. A single focus group with a sample of leaders drawn from the
hierarchical level immediately below the Exec level with the aim of
establishing their perceptions of said issue.

3. 12 focus groups with a sample of employees drawn from Surrey,
Sussex and Kent and covering age, gender, race, experience and
grade profiles. Four focus groups will take place in each county in
appropriate locations. All research ethics will meet the strictest
expectations of Plymouth University.

Part 3 (April through May 2017)

A number of interviews with Trust employees will be undertaken.
The survey will include a ‘write-in’ section where any employee
wishing to discuss B&H can provide their contact details for
call-back by the researcher(s). Interviews will be conducted using
a mix of face-to-face, Skype or telephone dependent on availability
and location.

Outputs will then hopefully be available in June-July 2017 which
we will share with staff.

Geraint Davies, Acting Chief Executive