March 6, 2013

Social Workers Express Concern Over Bullying from Patients

One in four social workers based in the NHS has been bullied or harassed by managers or colleagues in the last year, an official survey has revealed.

Feedback from more than 800 social care staff, including over 250 social workers, in the annual NHS staff survey 

Concerns over bullying from patients also emerged. Four in ten (39%) social workers said they had been on the end of abuse from patients or relatives of patients in 2012, up from 15% in 2011. A fifth of social care managers (21%) said they had been harassed by patients or relatives, up from 12% in 2011.

Almost a third (29%) of social workers said they did not report the abuse or harassment to their organisations, while half (51%) had reported the incidents.