Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust has become the fifth community service provider to back the Speak Out Safely campaign.
Rob Webster, chief executive of the Yorkshire-based trust said in a statement “we whole heartedly” welcome this Nursing Times campaign.
He said: “We want to reinforce the role of staff in the provision of high quality care. We already have a good safety culture and believe that the SOS campaign underlines that protecting the right of staff to raise concerns is as important as protecting and caring for our patients.”
Mr Webster added: “In these times of change, we want to ensure that patients continue to get treated in line with our values.
“Recent patient survey results show that this is the case for the vast majority – with 98.1% of patients reporting that staff treated them with dignity and respect. Having a good and open reporting culture helps to protect and improve this.”
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.
Five more acute hospital trusts have pledged to the support the campaign this week as have three clinical commissioning groups.
The four other community providers that already back Speak Out Safely are Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Cambridge Community Services NHS Trust, Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust and Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust.
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