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North West trust launches campaign to support whistleblowers

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A campaign to encourage staff to raise concerns has been launched at Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Greater Manchester.

The trust’s managers said the “If in Doubt…Speak Out” campaign was designed to show staff that it was simple to raise issues.

“We felt colleagues might benefit from a reminder about what to do if they have any worries”

Karen James

They have been touring wards and departments to encourage employees to sign a “pledge scroll”, the trust said in a statement announcing the initiative.

It follows the recent publication of Sir Robert Francis’ report on whistleblowing in the NHS.

The campaign centres on a four-step process that staff should follow if they are worried about an aspect of their role or patient care.

Firstly, staff are asked to see if an issue can be resolved out there and then. If it cannot, they are then advised to raise it with their line managers.

The next step is to write to an executive director and, finally, to write to the chief executive who will look into the issue personally.

“The policy we have for raising concerns at work is very straightforward, but we felt colleagues might benefit from a reminder about what to do if they have any worries,” said chief executive Karen James.

“The ‘If in Doubt…Speak Out’ campaign is a really effective way of bringing the policy to life and reminding colleagues how simple it is,” she said.

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  • michael stone

    'The trust’s managers said the “If in Doubt…Speak Out” campaign was designed to show staff that it was simple to raise issues.

    They have been touring wards and departments to encourage employees to sign a “pledge scroll”, the trust said in a statement announcing the initiative.'


    I trust that the managers - all the way up to the chief executive - are the first set of [very visible] signatures, on this pledge scroll ?

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