Did you know…whilst 89% of staff in the NHS report they know what whistleblowing is, only 73% of staff feel they would feel safe to speak up. This equates to hundreds of thousands of voices not being heard. Not only is this an indicator of poor morale and a less than progressive culture, but a missed opportunity to gain feedback, make service improvments and reduce potential risks.
BRIDGING THE GAP
Our ‘Bridging the Gap’ campaign aims to reduce the ‘reporting gap’ between the proportion of staff who know about whistleblowing, and those who would feel safe to raise a concern. We want managers and staff to foster a work environment which encourages staff to openly discuss concerns and reflect on practice.
We are now publishing a report on our campaign.
The key findings from our two surveys are:
- People who have experienced whistleblowing describe the experience most commonly in negative terms.
- The communication of the Raising Concerns (whistleblowing) policy and the training for staff and managers needs improvement.
- Mechanisms for taking care of whistleblowers and ensuring their safety are necessary, in order to protect them from a negative and daunting experience.
- All the Trusts who responded to our survey had a policy in place and the content is broadly satisfactory. Policies could however be easier to read and use.
- The monitoring and reporting of whistleblowing cases needs improvement.
DOWNLOAD A FREE COPY OF OUR REPORT HERE – BRIDGING THE GAP REPORT
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