As part of its remit to improve safety in the NHS through the delivery of its education and training work, Health Education England (HEE) has produced a film to help staff in raising concerns over patient safety.
The film, produced under the auspices of the Commission on Education and Training for Patient Safety chaired by Professor Sir Norman Williams and Sir Keith Pearson, will provide support for staff at all levels, addressing not only the importance of raising concerns but how to do it whilst providing further information on speaking out when patient safety is at risk.
The film, formally launched today at the Royal College of Nursing, will also be used in response to Robert Francis’s review into whistleblowing in the NHS which recommended that every NHS staff member receives robust training in how to raise concerns about the way patients are being treated.
Professor Ian Cumming, HEE chief executive, said: “High-quality education and training is the basis of high quality, safe and effective patient care. Patient safety should be the number one concern of all who serve patients in the NHS; the first and most important lesson they learn.
“We would hope that employers, universities, trainers and others use this film to raise awareness in staff, stimulate discussion about best practice and to ensure that all students, trainees and staff are aware of the importance of their responsibility to raise concerns when they see patients at risk. Patient safety is everybody’s business.”