||<p>The Department is committed to supporting trusts in their responsibility for tackling
all forms of harassment and abuse including sexual via the Social Partnership Forum’s
‘Creating positive workplace cultures and tackling bullying in the NHS - a collective
call to action’, the Alliance of Healthcare Organisations committed to civility and
respect throughout the National Health Service and the new offer for staff being developed
as part of the People Plan.</p><p>Statutory guidance will be issued later this year
to clarify for employers what reasonable steps they should be taking, as required
under the Equality Act 2010, to protect staff as well as the consultation on potential
new legislation aimed at further deterring sexual harassment.</p><p>The Department
does not collect data on the number of complaints of sexual harassment and abuse against
patients or NHS staff, as many are dealt with locally in line with the NHS Complaints
procedure. Further information is available at the following link:</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-nhs-constitution-for-england/how-do-i-give-feedback-or-make-a-complaint-about-an-nhs-service"
NHS Staff Survey records staff reporting whether they have been bullied, abused or
physically assaulted but these figures are not broken down to separately identify
sexual harassment or abuse.</p><p>NHS Digital publishes reasons for leaving data as
part of the Hospital and Community Health Services workforce statistics for England.
This can be found at the following link:</p><p><a href="https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/publications/statistical/nhs-workforce-statistics/december-2018"
the data does not go into the level of granularity of staff leaving as a result of
sexual harassment or abuse at work.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>