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NHS Employers responds to recommended changes to the NHS Constitution on whistleblowing

19th October 2011
Responding to the Department of Health's consultation report 'The NHS Constitution and Whistleblowing', Dean Royles, director of the NHS Employers organisation, says:
"We all want to ensure we provide the best possible care. The Government's recommended changes to the NHS Constitution are very welcome and reinforce the responsibilities of staff and employers to report concerns and act on them. They also provide greater clarity to give staff the confidence to report concerns.
"Setting out duties and guidance with clarity is clearly helpful in ensuring that concerns are reported. Protecting patients is of paramount importance and employers have worked hard to improve procedures and policies for reporting any concerns about patient care. This guidance will help embed a culture where this becomes part of the organisations' DNA."
"The NHS staff survey shows improvements to the culture of reporting where the vast majority of staff know how to raise concerns.
"To support employers we have recently issued communication tools that can be used by NHS organisations locally to encourage staff to raise concerns. Over the coming months we will be exploring further ways to improve staff engagement and confidence in reporting concerns by using employer engagement forums, communications and developing advice and guidance on our website."
Guidance and supporting resources for employers can be found at: http://www.nhsemployers.org/EmploymentPolicyAndPractice/UKEmploymentPractice/RaisingConcerns/Pages/Whistleblowing.aspx

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