The Society and the NHS are reminding members and trusts to use theFreedom to speak up: raising concerns policy for the NHS.
The policy should be adopted by all NHS organisations in England. Key points include:
“The NHS is always under huge pressure. As we enter the next phase of expanding the range of services, managers and representatives could easily find themselves being pushed towards the wrong decision or a compromise too far,” Ian Cloke, SCoR health and safety policy officer, said.
“The Freedom to Speak Up policy is an important document which amplifies the rights and obligations of every SoR member and rep to speak up if something is proposed that is unsafe for them and/or patients.”
A recent NHS blog states that all NHS organisations in England are expected to adopt the policy as a minimum standard.
Freedom to Speak Up Guardians provide additional support and are a route for escalation for all NHS staff. A directory of Guardians in each trust is available online.