Speak out safely

We are fully supporting the principles set out in the Nursing Times ‘Speak Out Safely’ campaign which encourages staff to raise concerns at the earliest opportunity.


At South Tees, we already actively encourage staff to raise genuine concerns they might have about patient safety or quality of care but we’re proud to add our support to this campaign.

We know how important it is that staff feel safe and supported to raise concerns in an honest and transparent environment, and that they feel protected when they have come forward. We want all of our staff to know it is safe for them to speak up when they feel something is wrong.

Already staff can raise their concerns with their line manager, or another member of our management team, but we do have other routes available to those who don’t feel confident about raising their concerns. We promise that where staff identify a genuine patient safety concern, we will support them, fully investigate and, if appropriate, act on their concern. We will also give them feedback on how we have responded to the issue they have raised.

Our clinical staff are often best placed to identify where care may be falling below the standard our patients deserve. They can ensure concerns are addressed so that we continue to deliver high quality and safe care to our patients as part of our pledge to deliver caring at its best.

The ‘Speak Out Safely’ campaign wants:

  • The government to introduce a statutory duty of candour compelling health professionals and managers to be open about care failings
  • All trusts to sign up to the campaign, making a public commitment to supporting staff who raise concerns
  • The government to undertake a wholesale review of the Public Interest Disclosure Act, to ensure whistleblowers who take concerns outside their organisation if they are not taken seriously internally are fully protected.

To find out more about the Nursing Times Campaign, visit their campaign website