NHS South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) supports the principles of the Nursing Times Speak Out Safely campaign. This means we believe that every member of our staff, our member practices and the staff employed by those health and care organisations that we commission to deliver high-quality services for our citizens, should feel able to raise concerns about wrongdoing or poor practice when they see it and are confident that their concerns will be addressed in a constructive way.
Ensuring that high-quality and appropriate care is available to our citizens is our primary responsibility. We acknowledge that the staff who come into everyday contact with our citizens (patients, carers) are often best placed to identify where care may be falling below the standard our citizens deserve and we expect. In order to ensure our high standards continue to be met, we will work on two fronts:
- We will ensure that the systems and culture is in place within our own organisation where every member of our staff feels able to raise concerns with their line manager, or another member of the management team.
- We will work closely with the providers of the services we commission to receive assurance that everyone in their organisations feels able to highlight wrongdoing or poor practice when they see it or are informed of it, and are confident that their concerns will be addressed in a constructive way. We will seek assurance that where a member of their staff identifies a genuine safety concern for our citizens, they will be supported, a full investigation will be undertaken and, if appropriate, act on their concern.
The Nursing Times has more information including an e-petition supporting the campaign here.