Raising Concerns Newsletter Issue 2 June 2014

Patient and therapist

25 / 06 / 2014

New raising concerns posters

We have been working with the Social Partnership Forum to refresh our series of materials to support you in the delivery of effective internal communications with staff. 

Our new suite of posters and flyers are available in a variety of sizes and can be downloaded free of charge from this website either in colour or black and white. 

To achieve a culture of openness and transparency in your organisation where staff feel able to raise concerns appropriately, it is essential to ensure processes are in place to regularly communicate the type of support staff can expect from their employer, and their legal rights.

Sir Robert Francis review of whistleblowing processes 

Sir Robert Francis will lead a review of whistleblowing processes in the NHS.

The review, announced on 24 June by the Secretary of State for Health, will take place in July and August 2014 and report to the Government with recommendation in November 2014. We understand that Sir Robert will be leading the review with a team to support him and they will be looking to meet with a selection of NHS organisations across the country speaking to whistle-blowers and managers. Find out more here.

Publication of staffing levels and the 'Sign Up To Safety' campaign

The actual versus planned nurse and midwifery staffing levels in May were published on the NHS Choices website on 24 June 2014. The Department of Health and NHS England have published a new safety website today which is aimed at allowing the public to see how their hospital is performing on key safety measures. The vast majority of NHS hospitals are rated as “good” or “ok” for their reporting culture but to support the Government’s ambition to halve avoidable harm to save up to 6,000 lives over the next three years Jeremy Hunt has also launched a new campaign – Sign Up To Safety – to be led by Sir David Dalton, Chief Executive of Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. Read more in our latest news

Dear John... We need to talk...

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (BSMHFT) think it is important that all staff have a number of tools to raise their concerns early, and anonymously if they prefer. BSMHFT have a formal whistleblowing policy and have now developed ‘Dear John’ which is a more informal tool devised and implemented by the trust for staff to raise their concerns. You can read the full case study here

New guidance for workers and employers

Raising concerns at work: whistleblowing guidance for workers and employers in health and social care is a new document written by the national Whistleblowing Helpline and endorsed through the Social Partnership Forum, of which the NHS Employers organisation is a partner.

This guidance contains useful information for both employers and those working in health and social care. You can access this guidance here.

HSJ raising concerns feature May 2014

In May we featured in the HSJ supplement on raising concerns in the NHS. This feature contains commentary from Dean Royles and includes comments from unions, whistleblowers and case studies from East London NHS Trust Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.

You can read the full article here.

BIS consultation on legal frameworks which protect whistleblowers - outcomes due to be reported immanently 

In July 2013, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) published a call for evidence from employers, regulatory bodies and regulators which would inform their review of the existing legal protections afforded to staff when they raise a (whistleblowing) concern. It is anticipated that BIS will be reporting it's findings and recommendations immanently and we will provide you with more information about any pending changes to legislation as soon as we know more. 

You can see our response to BIS and find out further information about the consultation here.


Thank you for reading this addition of the raising concerns newsletter. In future additions we will we keep you posted with the most up to date news about changes to policy and legislation, feature what organisations are doing to champion the raising of concerns, and keep you up to date with other articles of interest.

We would love to hear from you. Please get in touch with feedback on the newsletter, to share good practice, questions or just comments by emailing helen.bogan@nhsemployers.org.

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