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Have you experienced workplace bullying?

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Help contribute to research into agression and bullying in the workplace

Dear Healthcare Professional,

I am Ian Durrant, from the Faculty of Applied Social Science, Canterbury Christ Church University.

I am undertaking research into aggression and bullying in the workplace for my doctorial research. In particular I am looking at this phenomenon in respect of changes that have occurred in the public sector and as such I am looking to interview amongst others, healthcare professionals.

The purpose of this research is to gather people’s experiences of incidents where they feel they have been a victim of aggression/bullying, witnessed aggression/bullying or may even have engaged in behaviours which others might construe as aggression or bullying. This will form the initial part of a much larger series of research studies intended to help understand this phenomenon.

In addition it is trying to ascertain why some behaviours and incidents are seen as aggression and or bullying whilst others are not.

“confidentiality will be respected at all times”

It will do this by asking participants to describe critical incidents, from their perspective, antecedents and consequences.

Interviews will be conducted at mutually convenient time and place. This could be face to face or over the phone/skype; although interviews will be recorded, confidentiality will be respected at all times. The interview will last no more than an hour.

A number of interviews will be undertaken with volunteers. In the final report it would be useful to use specific quotes given by respondents; however participants will be only identified in terms of their role, type of organisation and biographical details such as gender and age.  Every effort will be made to ensure that individuals or the names of organisations cannot be identified.

Participation is voluntary, at any stage participants have the right to withdraw from this research and this includes having their comments withdrawn after the interview has been completed.

“at any stage participants have the right to withdraw from this research”

Please note the purpose of this research is to gather perceptions. As such it does not constitute evidence of inappropriate behaviour and cannot form part of disciplinary procedures or a tribunal. Nor can any legal advice be provided, although a list of organisations which do provide information and support will be made available.

In addition please note that given the topic under discussion, it is possible that talking about such incidents might be distressing and therefore thought should be given before agreeing to participate.

If you would be prepared to contribute to this research, please complete this online form

You will then be contacted to arrange a mutually convenient time and place and method of conducting an interview (i.e. face to face or via the phone/skype).

Alternatively please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Thank you for your time.


Ian Durrant
Senior Lecturer
Canterbury Christ Church University
Hall Place Enterprise Centre


Tel: 01227 863643
Mobile: 07595 089946
Fax: 01227 863030   

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