A health board has approved the start of a “healing process” in the wake of bullying allegations last year.
The Sturrock Review in August 2019 found a “significant majority” of the 340 people it spoke to from NHS Highland were either currently experiencing, or had suffered in the past, fear, intimidation and inappropriate behaviour at work.
NHS Highland approved the start of the conciliatory process at its board meeting on Tuesday.
Current and former employees will now be able to engage with the Scottish Government-funded scheme through a dedicated website, email address and phone number.
Four options are included in the process – being heard, an apology, access to psychological therapies and access to an independent review panel.
Participants can choose more than one option, with the period ending on December 31.
NHS Highland chairman Professor Boyd Robertson said: “I am delighted to confirm that the NHS Highland board has approved the start of the healing process, which forms an important part of our response to the Sturrock Report.
“We have been unequivocal in our support of those who have experienced bullying and harassment.
“The whole board stands four-square behind the victims of bullying and we reaffirm that we are deeply sorry for the harm that has been caused.”
He added: “The healing process will be widely and easily accessible via a bespoke website and we would encourage current or former colleagues who want to discuss concerns about their experience of bullying and harassment while they were employed at NHS Highland to engage with the process.
“The healing process has been co-produced with colleagues, trade unions and whistle-blowers and I want to thank everyone who has invested their time to work with us in developing this approach.
“We want to continue to develop a culture where every member of staff feels listened to, valued and respected.”