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Five more acute trusts make Speak Out Safely pledge

Five more hospital trusts have signed up to support our Speak Out Safely campaign.

The latest acute organisations to announce their support for the Speak Out Safely campaign include two more trusts in the North West region – Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Backing the campaign in a message to staff, Blackpool stated: “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,” it added.

In addition, Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in the East Midlands has signed up and Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust in the West Midlands.

Meanwhile West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust has become the first acute organisation in the East of England to confirm its support for the campaign.

In a statement, West Hertfordshire said: “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,” the trust added.

The Speak Out Safely campaign launched earlier this year by Nursing Times aims to make it easier for staff to raise legitimate concerns about patient safety. 

One of our key aims is for all trusts to pledge their support for the campaign and add specific protection for staff raising concerns to whistleblowing policies.

This week is NTSOS week. Visit out Speak Out Safely web page to see what is going on, who supports the campaign, get involved or to simply find out more.

 

Are you able to Speak Out Safely? Sign our petition to put pressure on your trust to support an open and transparent NHS.

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