We encourage any member of staff that has a genuine patient safety concern to raise this within the organisation at the earliest opportunity.
Patient safety is our prime concern and our staff are often best placed to identify where care may be falling below the standard our patients deserve. In order to ensure our high standards continue to be met, we want every member of our staff to feel able to raise concerns with their line manager, or another member of the management team. We want everyone in the organisation to feel able to highlight wrongdoing or poor practice when they see it and confident that their concerns will be addressed in a constructive way.
We promise that where staff identify a genuine patient safety concern, we shall not treat them with prejudice and they will not suffer any detriment to their career. Instead, we will support them, fully investigate and, if appropriate, act on their concern. We will also give them feedback about how we have responded to the issue they have raised, as soon as possible.
It is a duty to our patients to ensure that misconduct or malpractice is never be tolerated. Mistakes and poor practice may reveal a colleague needs more training or support, or that we need to change systems or processes. Concerns are dealt with in an open and supportive manner. We rely on our staff to ensure we deliver a safe service and ensure patient safety is not at risk. We also want this organisation to have the confidence to admit to mistakes and to use them as learning opportunities.
Please click on the link below to download a copy of the Trust’s Freedom To Speak Up policy.
FTSU raising concerns policy v10 Aug 2020 [159kb] PDF