NHS East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group has become the first CCG to pledge support for out Speak Out Safely Campaign.
CCGs are the GP-led organisations that took over commissioning NHS service from primary care trusts in April, under the government’s reform of the health service’s structure.
Jackie Hanson, nurse lead at East Lancashire CCG, said her organisation was looking to learn from the findings of the Francis report into Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust and would be requiring all of its service providers to apply the “values of transparency, honesty and candour in their day to day activities”.
“We will also ask our providers to demonstrate how they are creating a culture of compassion and to further report on how they are engaging with their workforce to genuinely change their culture so that staff can raise any concerns they may have freely,” she said.
“The Nursing Times Speak out Safely campaign will support service providers in achieving this, while at the same time demonstrating their commitment to openness and candour to both their staff and the public,” she said.
“As a CCG we will actively encourage providers to sign up to this campaign and in the spirit of ‘Speak Out Safely’ we will continue to apply the values of transparency, honesty and candour in our own organisation and among our own staff,” Ms Hanson added.
Two further acute trusts have backed the SOS campaign. They are Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn Foundation Trust in Norfolk and Stockport Foundation Trust in Greater Manchester.
Meanwhile, Leicestershire Partnership Trust has become the latest mental health provider to sign up.
The SOS 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.
We also want the government to introduce a statutory duty of candour compelling staff and managers to be open about care failings, and ministers to review the Public Interest Disclosure Act to ensure it gives adequate protection to NHS staff.
Find out more about the Speak Out Safely campaign.
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