The Speak Out Safely pledge
Yeovil Hospital NHS Foundation Trust supports the Nursing Times Speak Out Safely campaign. This means we encourage any staff member who has a genuine patient safety concern to raise this within the organisation at the earliest opportunity.
Patient safety is our prime concern and our staff are often best placed to identify where care may be falling below the standard our patients deserve. In order to ensure our high standards continue to be met, we want every member of our staff to feel able to raise concerns with their line manager, or another member of the management team. We want everyone in our organisation to feel able to highlight wrongdoing or poor practice when they see it and confident that their concerns will be addressed in a constructive way.
We promise that where staff identify a genuine patient safety concern, we shall not treat them with prejudice and they will not suffer any detriment to their career. Instead, we will support them, fully investigate and, if appropriate, act on their concern. We will also give them feedback about how we have responded to the issue they have raised, as soon as possible.
Staff concerns will be dealt with in an open and supportive manner because we rely on our staff to ensure we deliver a safe service and ensure patient safety is not put at risk. We also want our organisation to have the confidence to admit to mistakes and to use them as learning opportunities.
Whether a permanent employee, an agency or temporary staff member, or a volunteer, we proactively encourage our staff to speak up when they feel something is wrong. We want everyone to be able to ‘Speak Out Safely’.
Click here for more information about the Speak Out Safely campaign