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The NHS Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) Academy has partnered with tech-for-good developer, Culture Shift, to offer more than 23,500 NHS employees access to its reporting platform, designed to give staff improved opportunities for reporting experiences of discrimination, bullying, harassment and victimisation in the workplace.

Launching in September 2021, the online platform will provide NHS staff with a safe space to disclose incidents – anonymously or non-anonymously – and is set to enhance LLR’s existing approach to creating a safe workplace free from bullying, harassment and discrimination.

The reporting platform will be available to approximately 17,800 staff at NHS University Hospitals of Leicester, 5,500 at Leicestershire Partnership Trust and 278 across LLR Clinical Commissioning Groups. As part of the implementation of the new system, NHS Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland will be working hard to raise awareness of all reporting routes available to its employees.

Jen Mulloy, Equality and Inclusion Business Partner at NHS Midlands and Lancashire CSU, commented: “The Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) Academy is pleased to be working with Culture Shift to launch the LLR YourVoice report and support tool. The YourVoice report and support tool will enhance our existing approach to creating a safe workplace free from bullying, harassment and discrimination.”

NHS leaders will be given access to the platform’s data analytics dashboard to gain actionable insights and identify patterns of behaviour in their workplace. The reporting platform will also give key stakeholders access to workshops to ensure they have the knowledge needed to implement it successfully and develop a bespoke strategy, policy review and communications plan off the back of it.

“This online platform will give our workforce a confidential, anonymous and convenient way to report their experiences in order for us to prevent and tackle discrimination, bullying, harassment and victimisation. The analytics part of the system will be fundamental in helping us identify trends and target interventions as well as providing robust information to support our current reporting systems. The platform also enables a fully integrated case management process,” continued Jen Mulloy. 

Gemma McCall, CEO of Culture Shift, added: “We’re proud to be offering NHS staff access to anonymous reporting and helping to drive positive change. The NHS has been under immense pressure this past year and access to the platform will give much needed additional support to NHS staff. The launch of our platform will help break down barriers to reporting and ensure LLR is taking a proactive and preventative approach to any problematic behaviour. Our aim with the system is to create an environment where staff feel empowered to speak up about any instances of bullying, harassment or discrimination.”

Culture Shift exists to lead positive change in organisational culture, through building products that empower them to tackle harassment and bullying. Its reporting platform is already providing support to almost one million people in workplaces and higher education institutions and is currently used in over 70 of the UK’s universities.

To find out more about how Culture Shift is collaborating with organisations to monitor and prevent problematic behaviour or to request a demo of the software, visit culture-shift.co.uk.