THE BIG QUESTION
The big question: will the Speaking Up charter encourage nurses to blow the whistle on poor practice?
A whistleblowing charter has been launched to support staff when raising patient safety concerns.
The charter has been signed by health unions, employers and regulators, including the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the royal colleges of nursing and midwives, Unison, Unite and NHS Employers.
The organisations have signed up to six commitments:
- To work in partnership with other organisations to develop a positive culture by promoting openness, transparency, fairness, reporting and learning as an important and integral part of providing safer patient and public care;
- To adhere to the principles of this charter to foster a culture of openness which supports staff to raise concerns;
- To share expertise to create effective ways of breaking down barriers to reporting incidents and concerns early on;
- To exchange information, where it is appropriate and lawful to do so, in the interest of patient and public safety;
- To signpost individuals to support and guidance to ensure that they are fully aware of and understand their protected rights under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 (PIDA);
- To seek to highlight issues where current law or regulations may restrict those who wish to raise a concern about a human error.
What impact will the charter have on whistleblowing?
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