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NHS Highland staff invited to take part in Healing Process session

By Ali Morrison

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NHS Highland chief executive Pamela Dudek.
NHS Highland chief executive Pamela Dudek.

People who feel they suffered bullying or harassment in the past while working with NHS Highland are being invited to take part in an online information and question and answer session on the Healing Process set up to address their concerns.

NHS Highland said the session, being held online on Friday from 12.30-1.30pm, is designed to let individuals learn more about the Healing Process before registration closes on February 26.

The Healing Process was developed by NHS Highland in partnership with bullying whistle blowers, colleagues and other stakeholders, with Scottish Government funding, to help people who suffered from historical bullying and harassment while working for the health board in Highland and Argyll and Bute up to December 31, 2019.

People taking part in the online session will find out more about the range of options available to participants in the Healing Process service.

The service is run by a professional team of independent advisers who work to manage and support individuals through the process to find the most suitable solution for them.

Options include access to the Independent Review Panel; one-to-one discussions (held remotely); formal apologies and independent psychological therapies.

NHS Highland chief executive Pam Dudek said: “The online session this month is an opportunity for potential participants in the Healing Process to find out more about the service and how it can help them heal.

“We would urge individuals affected by past bullying or harassment while working for NHS Highland to register for the Healing Process by the closing date of February 26 if they have not yet done so.”

She added: “We have been unequivocal in our support of those who have experienced bullying and harassment and we’re deeply sorry for the harm that has been caused to every one of those individuals.”

• To join the online Healing Process information session visit here and for more background information about the service visit here.

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