NHS Tayside Chief Executive Malcolm Wright has been awarded a Churchill Fellowship in recognition of his research work into ways of managing bullying and harassment in the healthcare sector.
This prestigious title is awarded by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust to UK citizens from all backgrounds who have travelled overseas in pursuit of new and better ways of tackling a wide range of the current challenges facing the UK. Successful applicants are known as Churchill Fellows for life.
Malcolm’s research project saw him visiting healthcare systems in Australia and New Zealand exploring new and innovative strategies to manage bullying and harassment in the healthcare workforce, which is a serious challenge for health systems internationally.
Having spent his whole career in the NHS, Malcolm has an unparalleled professional insight into the significant consequences bullying can have on individuals, teams and organisations. He has since presented his research back in the UK and plans to share his work further.
Malcolm said, “It’s an honour and a privilege to receive this Fellowship. The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust made it possible for me to visit other healthcare systems in Australia and New Zealand to speak with frontline staff, as well as leadership teams, about bullying and harassment and see at first-hand the working practices and cultures within these organisations.
“My research project was driven by a desire to improve how we tackle this issue and the critical role of leaders in establishing safe working environments for staff who must feel supported in their workplace. Staff wellbeing is vitally important to the performance of any organisation and it is clear from my experiences and observations in Australia and New Zealand that the most effective leadership teams make the direct connection between a positive organisational culture and safe, effective person-centred care.
“I was also able to study at first-hand the innovative and hugely respected system of integrated healthcare in Canterbury, New Zealand.
“I look forward to working hard over the coming months to share the insights of my research with colleagues here in Tayside as, together, we build an organisational culture that promotes individual and team growth, welcomes innovation and achieves the highest levels of staff experience with leaders who lead by example.”