The recent NHS staff survey and similar surveys undertaken by the professional regulatory bodies, show an increasing awareness in staff of how to raise a concern, but there are still issues to be addressed around building staff confidence in local systems, and removing the fear of reprisals.
Protecting patients from harm and ensuring dignity of care, requires an open and transparent culture at all levels of the system, but getting it right is no easy task. As an organisation that represents employers in the NHS, we’ve hosted a number of debates, webinars and seminars on raising concerns in the workplace. We have updated guidance, as well as producing a series of informative podcasts and videos – all targeted at raising awareness of good practice in relation to affecting cultural change and supporting NHS organisations to implement and embed frameworks. This supports managers and staff to raise and deal with safeguarding or other such concerns safely and effectively.
We are fully engaged in the range of programmes that are underway to help influence the changes that need to happen to embed the right kind of culture and behaviours which enable NHS staff to raise concerns. We also work closely with the national Whistleblowing Helpline (for health and social care), health