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Hugh Wilkins


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    I think the hub has potential for increasing understanding of the phenomenon of organisational hostility towards staff who have raised patient safety concerns. The fact of reprisals against staff who have spoken up is clearly documented in the 2015 'Freedom To Speak Up' Review, yet the problem continues. Indeed as recently as February 2019 it was reported in a Royal Society of Medicine meeting that there has never been a more dangerous time for frontline NHS staff to consider speaking up in defence of patients. I believe that this has to change, and hope that Patient Safety Learning can play a part in this - in particular through engagement with NHS staff who have been unfairly dismissed after raising patient safety concerns.
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    You might be interested in the Patient Safety Learning poster accessible via the following link: https://www.pslhub.org/learn/culture/good-practice/organisational-culture-and-patient-safety-poster-r5338/?do=findComment&comment=431 IAEA (The International Atomic Energy Agency) has been credited with coining the phrase 'safety culture', in response to the Chernobyl disaster.
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    I guess we need to find a way to distinguish between genuine experts and those who, for example, think it is a good idea to give left-over antibiotics to friends. (https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/oct/16/therese-coffey-criticised-for-giving-leftover-antibiotics-to-a-friend).
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    If you haven't had the chance to do the crossword yet, you can access it from the following links, in either PDF or Word formats. Blank crossword and clues (pdf).pdfBlank crossword and clues (word).docx The answers to each clue and the completed crossword can be found in the attachment below: SOLUTION - Glimpses of NHS whistleblowing terrain.pdf Notes on the answers can be downloaded from the following attachment: Notes on the solution to the Crossword Counterpoint (glimpses of NHS whistleblowing terrain) w.i.p. 8.5.22 (2).pdf A guide to the whistleblower's galaxy
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    A recent blog I wrote for the hub, 'What is a whistleblower?', discusses different interpretations of 'whistleblowing'.[1] Broadly speaking, there is a divide between those who regard whistleblowers as good guys, and those who consider them to be treacherous villains. Hero or traitor? In that blog I suggested that how you view whistleblowers depends on your viewpoint and the lens through which you view them.[1] An evidence-based lens combining personal experience and rigorous analysis may bring your image of whistleblowers into sharp focus. An opinion-based perspective prejudiced by hears
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    The word 'whistleblower' conjures up different emotional reactions in the minds of different people. Hero or villain? It probably depends on your perspective, which in turn may be shaped by your experience. In this article I hope to encourage reflection on terminology associated with the phenomenon of employer hostility towards healthcare staff who raise patient safety and related concerns while doing their job. Reprisals against healthcare staff who raise patient safety concerns Retaliation against whistleblowers is a problem in many industries. In this article I want to focus on hea
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    A high resolution image of the poster with full references can be downloaded by clicking on the attachment below. Organisational culture and patient safety (ver 2) (2).pdf
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    Prerana Issar is the Chief People Officer of NHS England and NHS Improvement. She was appointed in February 2019 to this post, which was created after senior leaders in the NHS and Department of Health and Social Care realised that a new approach was needed to a number of serious workforce issues which had become apparent. Among these is the complex, and hugely important, issue of speaking up (sometimes referred to as whistleblowing or raising concerns). Prerana recently retweeted a message from NHS England and NHS Improvement that "It's so important (for NHS staff) to feel able to spea