Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals Foundation Trust has become the third NHS employer to publicly pledge its commitment to the principles underpinning our Speak Out Safely campaign.
In a statement the trust said it “strongly encourages” staff to speak out and spread the message that employees have a responsibility to raise any concerns they may have.
Deirdre Fowler, the trust’s acting director of nursing, midwifery and quality, said: “We want every patient to receive the same high standard of care that we would wish for ourselves and our families.
“Our staff and volunteers may occasionally come across instances where they don’t believe we’re providing that level of care – for example, because of poor practice or not having quite the right systems in place.
“We actively encourage them to speak up if they have any concerns like this so we can intervene appropriately and put it right.”
She added: “Our public pledge in support of the Nursing Times’ Speak Out Safely campaign provides additional reassurance to our staff and volunteers that their concerns will be addressed in an honest and transparent environment, and that they don’t need to worry that they will be treated differently because of it.”
Speak out Safely, launched in the wake of the Francis report into Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust, is calling on NHS providers to make an explicit commitment to staff that they will not face disciplinary action for raising genuine patient safety concerns.
The campaign has already gained support from Heart of England Foundation Trust and University Hospitals of Leicester Trust.