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Speak Out Safely


Speak Out Safely - protecting staff who raise concerns

Signing up to SOS shows you take patient safety concerns seriously

Our Speak Out Safely (SOS) campaign aims to encourage NHS organisations and independent healthcare providers to develop cultures that are honest and transparent, to actively encourage staff to raise the alarm when they see poor practice, and to protect them when they do so.

We want:

  1. The government to introduce a statutory duty of candour compelling health professionals and managers to be open about care failings
  2. Trusts to sign up to our campaign, making a public commitment to supporting staff who raise concerns
  3. The government to undertake a wholesale review of the Public Interest Disclosure Act, to ensure whistleblowers who take concerns outside their organisation if they are not taken seriously internally are fully protected.

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Who's signed up?

Acute trusts


Are you a trust interesting in signing up?

Are you a trust or organisation interested in signing up?

Signing up to Speak out Safely tells your employees that you will support them if they raise concerns over patient safety.

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Schools of Nursing

Find out how Schools of Nursing are getting involved in the campaign on our SOS Students page

Ask your organisation to sign up

Download the SOS letter template to send to your CEO asking them to make it safe for you and your colleagues to Speak Out

  • SOS letter from a group

  • SOS letter from an individual
  • Tweet SOS

    Has your trust signed up to Speak Out Safely? If not, why not tweet about it to your CEO, director of nursing or your trust’s general Twitter profile? Here’s some suggestions for what you might say:

    @... Please sign our trust up to @nursingtimesSOS so all staff feel safe to raise concerns about care

    @... Signing the trust up to @nursingtimesSOS will show staff, patients and families we take safety seriously

    @... Why isn’t the trust signed up to @nursingtimesSOS? Look at all those that are:


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