New guidelines to tackle bullying and harassment and promote family-friendly working among NHS trusts in Scotland have been launched by health minister Susan Deacon.
The six guidelines, drawn up in partnership with staff, NHS managers, trade unions and professional organisations, aim to improve the working lives of Scotland's 130,000 staff and enhance patient services.
The guidelines also include proposals to upgrade staff appraisals, help staff representatives take time off work to carry out their duties and help resolve workplace disputes.
Deacon said, "We must do more to recognise that we have 100,000 women employees in the NHS in Scotland, many in the nursing profession.
"Three out of five of those nurses are also mums or carers. That means more flexible childcare facilities, more crèches in our hospitals and more flexible working hours."
Bernard Scully, HR director for the South Glasgow University Hospitals NHS Trust, said, "With each guideline there is something new for the service to take forward and monitor its progress.
"When Susan Deacon launched the guidelines it was made clear that the profile of staff governance would be raised considerably."