Last update 8th. July 2004
Within any corporate structure, and the communities it comprises and serves, bullying occurs... it will focus on difference; difference defined by vulnerability on grounds of disability, BME (Black or Minority Ethnic) origin, gender, LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) choice, age and/or faith. Individual bullying left unchecked becomes institutionalised and rears its ugly head in racism, disablism, genderism etc. It is unacceptable and unprincipled but it is capable of being removed, and for that removal to be implemented, monitored and delivered.
It is through positive revolution, a revolution positively based on celebrating diversity and outing difference.
Let me explain, within the NSFs (National Service Frameworks) of NHS services that we have responsibility for overseeing, scrutinising and developing there is the need for total community inclusion. We need to ensure that all members of our community are equally served; and we can do that in two ways that are both community and PPIF empowering:
We also need to look at bullying and how it impacts on service users, we are after all Patient and Public Fora and it is by taking ownership of challenging behaviour that we exercise true change in challenging social exclusion; because the one common factor to excluded communities is bullying, bullying through denial, bullying through inappropriate treatment, bullying through denial of access.
Marc Jeffery Ph.D.
The joinedupwriting Partnership