Speak Out Safely

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This trust supports the Nursing Times Speak Out Safely campaign. This means we encourage any staff member who has a genuine patient safety concern to raise this within the organisation at the earliest opportunity.

Patient safety is our prime concern and our staff are often best placed to identify where care may be falling below the standard our patients deserve. In order to ensure our high standards continue to be met, we want every member of our staff to feel able to raise concerns with their line manager, or another member of the management team. We want everyone in the organisation to feel able to highlight wrongdoing or poor practice when they see it and confident that their concerns will be addressed in a constructive way.

We promise that where staff identify a genuine patient safety concern, we shall not treat them with prejudice and they will not suffer any detriment to their career. Instead, we will support them, fully investigate and, if appropriate, act on their concern. We will also give them feedback about how we have responded to the issue they have raised, as soon as possible.

It is not disloyal to colleagues to raise concerns; it is a duty to our patients. Misconduct or malpractice should never be tolerated, while mistakes and poor practice may reveal a colleague needs more training or support, or that we need to change systems or processes. Your concerns will be dealt with in an open and supportive manner because we rely on you to ensure we deliver a safe service and ensure patient safety is not put at risk. We also want this organisation to have the confidence to admit to mistakes and to use them as learning opportunities.

Whether you are a permanent employee, an agency or temporary staff member, or a volunteer, please speak up when you feel something is wrong. We want you to be able to Speak Out Safely.

We have also appointed a Freedom to Speak Up Guardian, Terri Vaselli, following Sir Robert Francis’ Freedom to Speak Up review in February 2015 which found that patients could be at risk of harm because concerns were not being raised routinely by NHS staff. These can be reported safely using the on-line form available on the Trust’s intranet or speaking to our Guardian or Champions who can be found on the Trust’s intranet page. If you are unsure, come and talk to us in confidence, remember you don’t need to have evidence to raise a concern. All issues will be treated confidentially and we can meet with colleagues across the Trust and Community at a time and place to suit them. Terri Vaselli can be contacted on – 01253 951185 or terri.vaselli@nhs.net or bfwh.ftsug@nhs.net

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