Brexit ED Statement

Message from the Postgraduate Dean

Following the outcome of the EU referendum, the Wales Deanery acknowledges that there are strong feelings on both sides of the debate.  However, it has recently been reported to us that one of our trainees has had racist comments made against them by a member of the public.

With such negative sentiments from the public, the Wales Deanery wishes to make it very clear that we fully support our European colleagues, particularly our trainers and trainees working across NHS Wales.  Racial abuse is wholly unacceptable to us and indeed can be treated as a criminal offence and as such will not tolerate this behaviour within the Wales Deanery or in the discharge of any of our activities.

It is important that we protect and build on the reputation of Wales being a friendly and welcoming country, and to reassure everyone that the Wales Deanery remains a tolerant, diverse, friendly and welcoming organisation with an inclusive culture, free from discrimination and based on the values of dignity and respect.

Welsh Government recognise the ‘invaluable contribution that our NHS workforce makes to the health of our nation.  Staff are at the heart of our NHS, and our priority is to ensure that the Welsh NHS has the right workforce it needs for the longer term.  We will not discriminate against those born or trained elsewhere, but welcome them as the valued assets to our NHS workforce and wider communities they have always proved to be’.

‘At the same time, we make no apology for saying yet again we will not stand for any form of racism or xenophobia in the NHS, in Wales, or in wider public life or private life.  We will tackle any unacceptable behaviour and comments head on.  It is essential for us as a Government that we remain outward-looking, internationalist, open for business and proud of our public service values and ethos.  Our commitment to fairness and opportunity for all is clear and undiminished.

Vaughan Gething, Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport

16 November 2016

This is a reminder of the steps to take if you are on the receiving end of any such racial abuse.

If you are a trainee or a trainer/educational supervisor and have been racially abused by:

Reporting the Incident

If you require any further support please contact

A patient

A member of the public

A member of staff in the Health Board

Please report the incident to your Trainer/Educational Supervisor in the first instance.  (If the abuse is coming from your Trainer/Educational Supervisor, then you should direct your concern to your Local Faculty Lead (Trainees).

He/she will help you report the incident through your Local Health Board as a critical incident.  The Health Board may have to take action against those individual(s) that are reported.

GP trainees would need to inform Claire Howells NWSSP if the trainee’s dignity has been affected under any of the protected characteristics.

Inform your consultant and the patient services directorate or if you are working in practice, inform the Practice Manager.

The Educational Supervisor should report this incident immediately to the Wales Deanery so that we can maintain an overview of the situation and report this to Welsh Government.

You can also access support from your Local Faculty Leads (Trainees) and/or Professional Support Unit specialty leads and/or the Wales Deanery Professional Support Unit.

If you are a member of CU staff and have been racially abused by:

Reporting the Incident

If you require any further support please contact

A student

A member of the public

A member of staff in the Wales Deanery

A member of staff in Cardiff University

Please report this to your Line Manager in the first instance.

He/she will help you report the incident through the University.  The University may have to take action against those individual(s) that are reported.

Staff Counselling

 

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