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  1. News Article
    A former medical director on the Isle of Man, who lost her job when she questioned decisions made on the island during the COVID-19 pandemic, has won her case for unfair dismissal at an employment tribunal. The hearing, which began in January, heard how Dr Rosalind Ranson was victimised and dismissed from her role after making 'protected disclosures' as part of her efforts to persuade the Manx Government to deviate from Public Health England (PHE) advice in the early stages of the pandemic. Dr Ranson, who had extensive experience as a GP and as a senior medical leader in the NHS in E
  2. News Article
    Nurses from across the country are heading to Washington, D.C., and Nashville, Tenn., this week to march for better working conditions and to show support for nurse RaDonda Vaught. Ms. Vaught, 38, was convicted of criminally negligent homicide and abuse of an impaired adult for a fatal medication error she made in December 2017 after overriding an electronic medical cabinet as a nurse at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. Her case has spurred a national outcry from nurses who argue the ruling sets a dangerous precedent for the profession and will discourage nurses from sp
  3. News Article
    A trust chief who blew the whistle on her predecessor’s ‘aggressive’ behaviour and lack of interest in patient safety says it was the hardest thing she has had to do in her career. Janelle Holmes, who is now chief executive of Wirral University Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust, was among four Wirral University Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust senior executives who wrote to regulators in 2017 about the behaviour of the trust’s then CEO David Allison. They said he would react with “dismay and aggression” to concerns being raised about service quality, and staff were afraid to speak
  4. Content Article
    Everyone who works in health and social care should listen to this podcast in full. I've followed Will's search for justice and I am proud to know Will. A man of great integrity who is campaigning for an individual #dutyofcandour in #healthcare, for the benefit of us all. I remain shocked, when I teach on this, how few know Robbie's story. There has been so much lost learning, a failure of accountability, and a failure to deliver an effective statutory duty of candour. For me, this appalling story of failure and cover up highlights clearly why we have to recognise the value of w
  5. Content Article
    A personal perspective I was a newly qualified nurse working in cardiac care in the wake of the Kennedy report into deaths at Bristol Royal infirmary between 1984-1995. The response nationally was the introduction of governance frameworks which sought to standardise and monitor safety. It was needed, it brought about improved safety and allowed the NHS organisations to monitor compliance to safety measures. Governance and safety Healthcare, like in many industries, has adopted a large array of, at times, bureaucratic processes attached to this. These can be onerous for clinical st
  6. News Article
    The Doctors’ Association UK (DAUK) has expressed its support for the Whistleblowing Bill launched in Parliament last week, with its first reading in the House of Commons by Mary Robinson MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Whistleblowing. DAUK urged people to tweet their MP to show their support for the Bill. DAUK Chair Dr Jenny Vaughan said: "Healthcare staff need to be able raise patient safety issues all of the time. We’re trained to do that, expect it, point this out as best we can. But sometimes poor safety arises because of the way we are told to work. Then, it c
  7. Content Article
    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
  8. News Article
    A trust board has backed the medical director who oversaw the dismissal of a whistleblower in a case linked to patient deaths. Portsmouth Hospitals University Trust told HSJ John Knighton had the full support of the organisation when asked if he faced any censure over the wrongful dismissal of a consultant who raised the alarm about a surgical technique. Jasna Macanovic last month won her employment tribunal against the trust with the judge calling its conduct “very one-sided, reflecting a determination to remove [her] as the source of the problem”. The judgment found that the d
  9. News Article
    Criticism of NHS managers over the treatment of whistleblowers has been reignited by Donna Ockenden’s damning review of maternity services at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust. Her findings come seven years after the “Freedom to speak up?” report from Sir Robert Francis QC, which found that NHS staff feared repercussions if they blew the whistle on poor practice. He recommended reforms to change the culture and support whistleblowers. The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 makes it unlawful to subject workers to negative treatment or dismiss them because they have raised a whist
  10. Content Article
    Key findings 1. Whistleblowing cases have a low success rate. Only 12% of whistleblowers whose cases go to preliminary hearing at Employment Tribunals in England and Wales are successful. 2. Whistleblowers suffer more and longer than before. In 2018, nearly 40% of whistleblowers report going on sick leave, an increase of 15% since 2015. Whistleblowers also take longer than before to go to Tribunal. In 2018, nearly half of them took longer than two years, and more than one in five took longer than three years. Post Covid this is likely to almost double because of the backlog with Emplo
  11. Content Article
    Highlights of the survey include: The proportion of Freedom to Speak Up Guardians who reported a positive culture of speaking up in their organisation has dropped by five percentage points on last year, to 62.8%. There has been a drop in the proportion of guardians who responded to the survey saying that their senior leaders support workers to speak up. This has fallen by nine percentage points on last year, to 71%. 10% of respondents said that their senior leaders do not understand the role of Freedom to Speak Up Guardian.
  12. News Article
    Less than half of staff at scandal-hit Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust feel they can speak up about concerns, according to a staff survey, as a damning report warned serious problems persist in maternity care. Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust is one of the worst-performing trusts on the latest national survey of staff for the NHS. It comes after Donna Ockenden, who chaired a review into maternity failures at the trust, said her “biggest concern” was that staff had been told not to share concerns with her inquiry. Ms Ockenden told The Independent her biggest concer
  13. Content Article
    On the 30 March 2022 the NHS published the results of its annual staff survey for 2021. 648,594 staff from 280 organisations took part in this, providing a snapshot of their experiences of working in the NHS.[1] This survey provides an important insight into attitudes and feelings towards reporting and acting on patient safety concerns in the NHS and how safe staff feel to speak up on these issues. At Patient Safety Learning we’ve previously highlighted the survey’s results in this regard in 2020 and 2021 and here we consider the most recent results and what they tell us about the safety
  14. Content Article
    Key points included: 67.8% of staff are happy with the standard of care provided by their organisation, a decrease of more than 6 percentage points from 2020 (74.2%). 55.5% of staff felt their organisation acts fairly with regard to career progression or promotion, regardless of ethnic background, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability or age. This represents a slight decline compared with 2020 (56.1%) and is now three percentage points lower than in 2017 (58.6%). 62.0% of staff feel safe to speak up about anything that concerns them in their organisation. This qu
  15. News Article
    The chief executive of one of England’s most prestigious private hospitals has lost her employment tribunal claim that she was dismissed for whistle blowing over patient safety issues. Aida Yousefi ran the Portland Hospital in central London from January 2017 until her dismissal in December 2019 on two counts of gross misconduct. She was also in charge of The Harley Street Clinic and a specialist cancer centre. Ms Yousefi’s argument that she was removed after raising concerns about the patient safety was rejected by central London employment tribunal in a judgment published last wee
  16. News Article
    A senior medic has won a whistleblowing case after judges ruled she was dismissed after raising concerns about a new procedure her department was using. An employment tribunal found consultant nephrologist Jasna Macanovic was fired from Portsmouth Hospitals University Trust in March 2018 after telling bosses a dialysis technique called “buttonholing”, which had been “championed” there, was potentially dangerous. The trust’s case was that the way she had gone about raising concerns had made for an untenable working environment in the Wessex Kidney Centre. The process saw a Care Q
  17. Content Article
    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
  18. News Article
    NHS England is trying to force a prestigious cancer trust to publicly apologise to a group of whistleblowers, after being ‘shocked’ by the way it responded to a review into their concerns. As HSJ reported in January, an external review into The Christie Foundation Trust supported multiple concerns which had been raised by staff about a major research project with pharma giant Roche. The review had also noted how 20 current and former employees, some of whom were “long-standing, loyal, senior staff”, had described bullying behaviours and felt they had suffered detriment because they s
  19. News Article
    The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has designed a 'Raising Concerns toolkit', which includes information to help members navigate the process of escalation, from identifying a potential concern through to formally reporting it to senior colleagues. It’s been designed to help members decide when to escalate a workplace issue and includes a flowchart to support them in deciding what, when and how to report concerns. The toolkit outlines the types of concerns that might be raised such as staffing and patient safety, a lack of support or training, as well as cultural or criminal issues.