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Andrew Ottaway

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About Andrew Ottaway

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  • First name
    Andrew
  • Last name
    Ottaway
  • Country
    United Kingdom

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  • About me
    My primary focus is on assisting clients in the gathering and analysis of information on human- and organisational-factors events. I served in the British Army as a helicopter pilot, mission commander, instructor, and safety specialist, followed by two decades in offshore exploration and production, specialising in effective safety communication. Throughout, I have studied and developed methodologies for confidential disclosure and analysis programmes, working with current practitioners with the long-term ambition of bringing this highly effective solution for overcoming obstructions to safety communication to the forefront of operations in such areas as health- and social-care, global transportation, construction, and the petroleum industry.
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    CORA -Confidential Occurrence Reporting & Analysis
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    Founder

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  1. Community Post
    The Trust at which I work had a serious issue with misuse of DATIX, with the CQC highlighting the issue of staff-disengagement that resulted. I approached the then-FTSU Guardian with information on a web-app, Cloud-based pseudo-anonymised engagement platform that staff could use to raise issues without fear of retribution. That platform has now been in-service for around six months, supporting the Guardian, and providing a channel of communications beyond FTSU, and includes access to many departments and Trust execs. DATIX has a place in patient safety, but there may be better alternatives. Surgical specialist teams for example, have the CORESS confidential reporting system (https://www.coress.org.uk/), while some might find platforms such as 'Say-So' (https://www.say-so.co.uk/) or WorkInConfidence (https://www.workinconfidence.com/) more appropriate.
  2. Content Article Comment
    Hi @Claire Cox I agree that it does appear that there's a significant loophole in patient safety, and I find it odd that while the CQC can and indeed do make comment in their inspection reports regarding staff-engagement - sometimes quite critical comment - there seems to be no indication that a system similar to FTSUG is demanded of private healthcare establishments in the same way that they do of NHS Trusts. I hope that this is an oversight to be addressed, and not an indication that FTSUG is seen as a panacea for public consumption.
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    I applaud the integrity of the Originator of this thread for highlighting the iniquity in our healthcare sector, where a private institution performing procedures often on behalf of the NHS is not required to provide a platform that enables and encourages staff witnessing misconduct or improper behaviour to speak-up. It does seem a little odd that while NHS establishments are required as part of their mandate to have a "Freedom To Speak Up Guardian" system, private healthcare providers do not. I am aware that there is an alternative, commercial, system that provides staff with a safe platform for raising issues, and a number of social-care organisations and NHS Trusts are presently benefiting from the pseudo-anonymised firewall that is a security feature, enabling dialogue without the possibility of compromised personal security and the fear of retribution such as we see in this case. This platform is currently under consideration by a number of CCG, and has been presented to STP and HSCP in the UK and similar organisations abroad.
  4. Community Post
    There is a bigger issue at play, beyond the requirements of NHS Trust staff to have a suitable platform for raising these important issues; Sustainability & Transformation Partnerships and Integrated Care Systems in England, and their counterparts in Scotland and Wales include employees of local authority and private social-care providers who currently have no equivalent to the Freedom To Speak Up Guardian system, let alone a communication platform.
  5. Community Post
    Hi Claire. I've attached some information on WorkInConfidence that might be beneficial. WorkInConfidence.2019.07.04.All.NHS.pdf
  6. Community Post
    Hi Claire. A number of Trusts have their own specific 'app' - UHMBT for example - that can be downloaded from Google Play or Iphone app store, and there's also Improvewell. Trusts I've spoken with are sceptical about 'apps' for a number of reasons; you have to hope that your staff are willing and able to download software to their personal devices, and there are concerns - real or imagined - about how the software interacts with programs like location services or files on your device. If you're looking for a platform that gives an 'app-like' experience, but one that uses your inbuilt web-browser on your phone, tablet, laptop or PC, there's WorkInConfidence. https://www.workinconfidence.com/ is cloud-based (ie it sits on the client's own purpose-built website on a secure server) but does more than just facilitate raising workplace issues.
  7. Community Post
    Unsafe systems are a human factors issue, a fact long-recognised elsewhere in sectors with a public-safety remit. Confidential staff-engagement/human factors dialogue/whistle-blowing platforms have been around for decades in industries such as aviation, rail, maritime and road transport, and work very successfully in raising, resolving, and understanding the impact of these issues. There are a number of web-based programs and smartphone 'apps' on the market that improve the way staff can raise issues without the fear of detriment for displaying the integrity to want to resolve a problem, within a health- or social-care setting.
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