Proposed First National #NHS #whistleblowing Policy

... but what should be included?

Its official: Patients, staff and NHS organisations to have their say on first national whistleblowing policy

The national whistleblowing policy, drawn up by @MonitorUpdate, the @NHSTDA and @NHSEngland, aims to improve services for patients and the working environment for staff across the health sector by improving how the service learns from whistleblowing. A consultation on the proposals will run for 8 weeks, after which the national bodies will update the policy and publish a consultation response document.

We are of course thrilled to learn of this new initiative.....But what should be included?

We began thinking about why we should embrace whistleblowing and found this helpful video resource:

Our concern is that; however good this policy may be,  negative cultures within the #NHS may well absorb any positive impact that this new initiative may have. Therefore, this new policy will have to address the bullying cultures currently living within the NHS that may stifle the open and learning culture we all desire.

This policy will also need to reinforce a no blame culture, where learning is achieved by the collective multidisciplinary team. This means the creation of a “just culture”,  in which people are rewarded, for providing essential safety-related information, without fear of retribution for an honest mistake.

And so the rhetoric becomes not *who do we blame* or *who can do better* but *what can we learn* and *How can we help* ...Our students know how to galvanize this culture all too well. We hope that this new policy can do the same.

It will be crucial for as many people as possible to contribute to this consultation. We hope you will join us in doing so.

Posted on November 21, 2015 .