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Nursing Times wins award for campaign on raising concerns

Our campaign to help nurses and other staff safely raise concerns about patient safety issues has won a national media award.

Speak Out Safety was last night named “Editorial Campaign of the Year” at the British Media Awards 2014.

Nursing Times launched the Speak Out Safely campaign last March in the wake of the Francis report into care failings at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust, which revealed the dangers of not responding to concerns from staff.

We aimed to raise awareness about the problems staff faced when raising concerns and to persuade employers to take concrete action to support them, rather than ignore or reprimand them, or allow them to face bullying and harassment.

One of our key aims is for all trusts and nursing organisations to pledge their support for the campaign, by agreeing to abide by a set of values and displaying the Speak Out Safely logo on their website.

The awards judges described our campaign as a “clear example of a trade publication carrying out an effective campaign that both addressed a core issue for its audience and had wider implications outside the industry it covers”.

They said they were “particularly impressed with the campaigns success in getting 65 NHS trusts and 11 clinical commissioning groups to sign up to the campaign and its contribution to having a statutory duty of candour across the NHS”.

The awards took place at The Brewery in London and were hosted by BBC Radio 2 presenter Jeremy Vine.

Since we entered the BMA Awards, over 110 NHS organisations have now pledged to support the campaign and add specific protection for staff raising concerns to whistleblowing policies.

This includes: 45 hospital trusts, 10 mental health trusts, 19 community trusts, 14 clinical commissioning groups, 12 nursing schools and 19 other organisations related to nursing.

Please urge your organisation to support the campaign.

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Readers' comments (4)

  • Well Done Nursing Times.
    May your campaign help to end the horrendous silencing tactics of the organisations that are malfunctioning and harming patients and staff, with disastrous consequences.
    Julie Fagan, founder member of CAUSE, Campaign Against Unnecessary Suspensions and Exclusions UK.

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  • michael stone

    Again, well done NT.

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  • Yes well done Nursing Times, it is a shame that none of the Health Boards in Wales have joined in.

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  • And I see none in the South West of England!! Shame on you!!

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