SENIOR medical chiefs at Burton’s Queen’s Hospital have urged nurses to speak out if they witness poor patient care.
Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which operates the Belvedere Road site, has pledged its support to a national campaign which aims to support and protect staff who blow the whistle on poor practice and patient safety.
The Nursing Times’ ‘Speak Out Safely’ initiative also aims to ensure that healthcare providers listen to, support, and value staff who raise concerns, and learn from the issues raised.
Director of nursing at the hospital Brendan Brown said the trust was ‘more than happy’ to publicly pledge support for the campaign.
He said: “We have always been committed to making sure that anyone working for, or with, our trust feels safe to raise issues of genuine concern in a secure environment without any fear of retribution so that they can be addressed.
“The protection available to staff is set out in the latest version of our whistleblowers policy which has been in force for more than a year.”
Mr Brown said the trust has always promoted its whistleblowing policy to its staff, but it has now published the guidelines on its website.
He said: “We hope that the higher public profile we have given to our whistleblowers policy, and our support for the campaign, reassures patients, their families and friends that staff and volunteers working at this trust do feel safe and protected to raise any concerns they have.”
Members of the public can view the trust’s policy on whistleblowing in full by visiting its website at www.burtonhospitals.nhs.uk/patients/speak-out-safely.htm