Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust is considering reshaping its approach to whistleblowing.
The trust is already unusual in that it has a patients ombudsman and guardian of good quality and safe care – a role created to give whistleblowers someone to talk to about their concerns.
But a report to the trust’s board says that their role is not always appreciated by senior staff as playing a role in protecting the trust.
The board is now considering a relaunch for its whistleblowing approach with an external helpline, a whistleblowing advisory group and emphasis on the range of options available for those who want to raise concerns.
Last month Nursing Times launched a major new campaign, called Speak Out Safely, with the aim of improving protection for nurses and other healthcare staff when they attempt to raise concerns.
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