Bully Culture & Poor Governance at AWP: * Campaign Successes for Whistleblower * AWP described by NHS investigators as, 'slow to learn' * Whistleblower acknowledged by senior Judiciary
updated: Aug/Sept 2021 nb underlined words are links.
16 Year Battle for Justice: Stand-Up Guardian Represents Whistle-blower, Overseen by NHS Improvement In the next few months, whistleblower & anti-bullying-at-work campaigner Marianne Richards MSc., is to be represented by staff at senior NHS investigatory bodies, ensuring her attempted final mediation with AWP is overseen. This comes after a harrowing 16 year battle to be heard. Like other whistle-blowers at the Trust, Richards' evidence had been ignored by successive AWP CE's, while the long-standing bully and nepotistic culture at Lift Psychology, Swindon, held sway. Exhausted by this needless battle for justice, Richards is nevertheless hopeful of a long-awaited apology, together with assurance such extensive denial and coverups never happen again at the Trust. Marianne seeks acknowledgement, apology and fair compensation, in order to gain closure, together with an assurance the staff involved will receive their just deserts. Successes for Anti Bullying Campaign Marianne Richards MSc. received thanks in 2021 from the Senior President of Tribunals, NHS Improvement & CQC, following her Report on NHS bully cultures, citing AWP as case study. This is 4th successful intervention by Marianne and her campaign at InspirationWorks4U.co.uk.
2020 Snr President of Tribunals promises better support for litigants-in-person.
2019 thanks from NHS Improvement for revealing deficiencies in NHS investigatory bodies
2018 confidential staff anti bullying helpline set up at AWP
2017 BANES Health Commissioners insert check-backs, preventing tampering in Dignity at Work investigations
In 2021, CQC and NHS Improvement concluded how AWP are, 'slow to learn.' AWP Board are receiving support to reduce their tendency for poor Governance. NHS Improvement are attempting to improve their attitude to whistle-blowers, providing funding for a professional Stand-Up Guardian supported by lay Champions.
The dated improvements listed above are the result of Marianne's harrowing 16 YEAR battle for justice. She is largely standing down due to ill health but this site will remain by way of encouragement for victims and a resource for HR's & researchers. Two books cover the story arc :
FAIR DEALING - improvements suggested by Marianne Richards MSc. Aim:
to prevent biased internal Dignity at Work investigations
remove legal funding - to prevent Trusts using legal teams to block Tribunals
re arranging roles of stakeholders - using ACAS as prime arbitrator
Unjustified Use of Expensive Legal Teams by NHS Trusts Only those experiencing injustice from legal professionals understand the anguish and unfairness for victims without legal representation [litigants in person]. That Barristers can prevent claimants reaching a Judge is preposterous. This turns the legal system into a farce. Most medical experts dread Tribunals: a hectoring Barrister can reduce a decent NHS professional to a laughing stock. This is another form of bullying. FAIR DEALING needs input at Parliament levelto change the law. Ms Richards has neither the resources nor the mental stamina to continue, her health irreparably ruined after years of campaigning. Nevertheless she has published in the hope others will continue the fight for justice for NHS Whistle-blowers and other victims of workplace bullying.
FAIR DEALING SUMMARY
extensive anti bullying training for all NHS seniors
bullying awareness training for all employees
victim access to independent support - helpline & free counselling
All Dignity at Work investigations made by professional mediators such as ACAS
ACAS intervention to be made compulsory
ACAS given full access to employee & HR records for investigating
CQC instructed to investigate staff-on-staff bullying - not only direct patient care
MP's given legal power to refer cases to Tribunals, if Chief Executives refuse mediation
victims given sufficient recovery time, to prevent railroading inadequate 'settlement' offers
NHS Trusts barred from using public funds to pay legal firms like Bevan Brittan
legal funding redirected to ACAS or CQC - allowing them to appoint staff & expert advice
rogue NHS Trusts to provide 'full & fair' reference - no 'blacklisting' or 'basic' references
all claims settled via Judicial Settlement by Judge in Chambers
where appropriate, full written apology to victim and:
victim entitled to refute false claims about work /personality (moral redress)
victim offered re-training at the expense of former employer
bully managers & rogue staff investigated by ACAS and dealt with by Tribunal Judge