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Dealing with bullying: a guide for physiotherapy students on placement

Bullying can have a hugely adverse effect on students’ academic achievement and social, physical and mental wellbeing.

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The majority of physiotherapy students experience very rewarding placements with very supportive clinical educators. 

However the CSP are aware of reports of isolated incidents of bullying during placements. The CSP believes that any form of bullying is unacceptable. 

Physiotherapy students should be treated fairly and consistently, and with dignity and respect, wherever they study or undertake placements.

Placements should also be free from undue stress, anxiety, fear and intimidation.

Every university and health and social care organisation has guidelines on bullying.

This guide for students experiencing bullying is designed to supplement their existing advice.

Download the full document (pdf, 12 pages, 16mb) below.

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