A network supporting nurses use social media and a major Midlands acute trust have become the latest trusts to back our Speak Out Safely campaign.
Among the campaign’s aims, Nursing Times 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.
WeNurses is an independent website set up by a group of nurses to assist the profession in getting the most from social media “efficiently and safely”, following the recent explosion in the use of sites like Twitter.
In a statement the website said: “Getting involved in politics and campaigns is not something that WeNurses usually does as a rule … but every so often something comes along that makes us rethink and the Speak Out Safely campaign has done just that.
“Speaking out safely is a key nursing issue that is spilling out into social media and it is for this reason that we have decided to support the Nursing Times campaign.”
Nottingham University Hospitals Trust has also become the latest NHS employer to add its pledge to support the campaign.
Trust chief executive Peter Homa said: “We already have an active programme to encourage our staff to raise concerns…At NUH, our staff can ‘speak our safely.’
“We hope our support of the Nursing Times campaign provides further reassurance to our patients, staff and volunteers that we support a culture of openness whereby staff can raise concerns about care quality and standards will be listened to, taken seriously and acted upon.”
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