What are your chances of being disciplined?

These days there is a whole host of information that we can access about the NHS workforce. This comes from a variety of routes including the Trust’s staff survey results and data published in response to the equality legislative requirements.

A few weeks ago, I discovered that if you look carefully at the figures of the top Teaching Hospitals in London, you’ll see that you’re more likely to be disciplined if you are a BME member of staff, working in a lower-paid job.

But why should this be the case? And why is it happening in more than one NHS Trust?  So far, I’ve only focussed on the larger Inner-London Hospitals, and I wonder if this is a nation-wide issue?

And what are the links to Bullying?   In a number of these Trusts, more BME staff are likely to report that they are being bullied.  There’s no way of determining if these are the same staff that have been subject to disciplinary procedures…..but there question is still there to be answered.

Over the next few months I’ll be looking into why this is the case, and what Trusts can do about it.   In the meantime, I would be grateful for any comments or suggestions on this topic.


2 comments on “What are your chances of being disciplined?

  1. thehrd says:

    Are you looking at clinical roles, nursing and PAMs and auxillary workers? I’m guessing that if so, it is as simple as saying, “we can get a new Porter/HSA/maintenance man….but we can’t get nurses for love or money”.

    Interesting to see what you find out.

    • karencwise says:

      I’m looking at all roles, but yes, it is the auxillary workers that are most affected. Interesting perspective and one I’ll take into account when I start delving deeper – is this an un / conscious part of the manager’s decision-making process when deciding when to discipline?

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