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Nursing only excellent when staff can raise concerns, says QNI

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The Queen’s Nursing Institute has become the latest organisation to support our Speak Out Safely campaign.

The community nursing charity said it “fully supports” the SOS campaign, which was launched by Nursing Times in March.

The campaign calls for the creation of an open and transparent NHS where staff can raise concerns knowing they will be handled appropriately and without fear of bullying.

QNI chief executive Crystal Oldman said: “It is a sign of a progressive, open and healthy workplace when staff feel able to speak out safely if they have legitimate professional concerns.

“Our work focuses on excellence in community nursing practice, and this is only possible if staff feel they can raise issues without fear of retribution, especially in cases of poor practice, or if they have concerns about staffing levels.”

She added: “Equally, there must be a recognition that leaders and managers need skills in listening to and engaging productively with their staff.”

Find out more about the SOS campaign and encourage your trust to support it.


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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  • When are you going to stop deflecting from the real issues that are bringing down the NHS and the care provided. The majority of clinicians provide excellent care and the NHS deserves to have the individuals responsible for bringing it into disrepute and preventing excellent staff providing high quality care brought to book. These individuals are accountable for poor leadership, mis-management and have absolutely failed the NHS. Who are they? Managers many of whom were promoted into these positions of power because they were uncaring nurses. They are responsible for covering up their mistakes which has seen public monies wasted, patient deaths and neglect and staff suffering intimidation and bullying because they dare to challenge them. Please Mr Hunt and others in positions of power get real and support the brave individuals who have previously put themselves at risk on behalf of the NHS and the patient's it serves. Investigate each organisation and root out these individuals because we cannot rely on the organisations themselves to do it because they are too busy protecting those responsible in the interest of protecting the organisations reputation. Please put patients and the staff who care for them FIRST. Stop deflecting from the real issues which are damaging the NHS and show the public you really care about the NHS. Start by listening to Kim Holt at Patients First and her colleagues who have the answers and are prepared to work with you to save our NHS and ensure its future is one which truly puts patients' first and has values and morals based on truth, honesty and integrity.

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