So, the Francis report on Whistleblowing came with many positive responses from the NHS. But has anything changed? Dean Royles says there is still more to do. But why has it taken so long?
We had the warning bells back in 1990 when Graham Pink tried to raise concerns. He subsequently lost his job, a familiar story which discourages further cries for help. Everybody wants quality care for patients, so why didn't we listen?
On January 3rd we published a blog post about embracing failure, a necessity if we are to learn and move forward. If we don't accept the failures brought to our attention from the front-line, how will we ever improve our NHS?
Is it because, if we acknowledge failure, we have to act upon our failures and remedy them?
Is it because we are working on our own careers and don't want a failed legacy to fill our future CV's?
Is it because we have a culture of willful blindness to the failings happening under our noses?
Our students are supported and encouraged to clearly and constructively raise concerns in their NHS workplace, because we believe in real change in leadership. There is clear guidance about how and when to raise concerns about care. So why are we scared to do so?
Because we have seen all too often, the dire consequences and frustrations in doing so time and time again. Intelligent leadership is required if we are to improve and negate the negative consequences of whistle blowing. Our students are molded to aspire and achieve, but they are also developed into great NHS leaders, bound by the principles of innovation and change.
We will continue to empower our students to become NHS leaders who thrive. More and more students are leaving our courses ready for action, we hope your team joins us soon!