Sexual harassment: it's not just banter

Free Members’ Webinar

Wednesday 8 March 2023

Overview of this webinar

Sexual harassment is recognised as a form of Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG), which acknowledges it as an issue of serious harm, discrimination and a violation of human rights. This remains a major issue for our workforce, with serious implications on health and wellbeing, recruitment and retention and the Gender Pay Gap.

In this webinar we share experiences, survey findings and consider institution-wide solutions, including a live Q&A.


  1. 4.00pm Introduction – Dr Lade Smith
  2. 4.05pm Dr Sumi Ratnam, Dr Finola Cullenbrooke and Dr Ellen Camboe
  3. 4.25pm Dr Philippa Greenfield and Dr Stella Kingett 
  4. 4.45pm Q&A / Closing Remarks


  • Dr Shubulade Smith CBE: Dr Smith is a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and an academic at King’s College London. She is also an RCPsych Presidential Lead for Race and Equality, and Clinical and Strategic Director with the College’s National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health (NCCMH) and will become President of RCPsych in July 2023.
  • Dr Sumi Ratnam, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist at East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT). Dr Ratnam has worked in women’s services for 19 years and has an interest in the well-being of women at work. In the first part of this webinar, Dr Ratnam discusses sexual harassment faced by girls and women in the public and work spheres of their life. She is joined by colleagues from ELFT who share findings from a survey that looked at the experiences of female doctors in their trust.
  • Dr Philippa Greenfield is the RCPsych Women in Mental Health Special Interest Group (WMHSIG) lead for their work on Violence Against Women and Girls. Dr Greenfield is a Consultant General Adult Psychiatrist. She has a special interest in the impact of trauma and inequality on mental health.  She holds roles as Trauma Informed Lead and a Named Doctor for Adult Safeguarding.
  • Dr Stella Kingett is the incoming chair of the RCPsych WMHSIG. Dr Kingett is a Consultant General Adult Psychiatrist and a member of the BMA Consultant’s Committee and the BMA Consultant’s Committee Equalities Group. During the second part of this webinar Dr Greenfield and Dr Kingett talk about the import role of standalone sexual harassment policy to support those who experience sexual harassment. They will also discuss how a failure to address the prevention and detection of sexual misconduct and abusive behaviours in health organisations can have serious impacts on patient safety, trust and credibility and the need for effective solutions to take an institution wide approach.
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