The Academy has signed up to the 'Speaking Up' charter. Launched today by the NHS Employers this is the first charter outlining a commitment from employers, regulators, health unions, professional associations and bodies to work together to support staff when raising a safety concern or issue at work.
The charter, signed up to by 28 organisations, outlines a commitment to work more effectively together to create a just culture which is open and transparent. A just culture ensures individuals are fully supported to report concerns and safety issues, and are treated fairly, with empathy and consideration, when they have been involved in an incident or have raised a concern.
The Academy and those signed up have committed to:
- Work in partnership with other organisations to develop a positive culture by promoting openness, transparency, fairness, reporting and learning as an important and integral part of providing safer patient and public care
- Adhere to the principles of this charter to foster a culture of openness which supports staff to raise concerns
- Share expertise to create effective ways of breaking down barriers to reporting incidents and concerns early on
- Exchange information, where it is appropriate and lawful to do so, in the interest of patient and public safety
- Signpost individuals to support and guidance to ensure that they are fully aware of and understand their protected rights under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 (PIDA)
- Seek to highlight issues where current law or regulations may restrict those who wish to raise a concern about a human error.
Professor Terence Stephenson, Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges said:
"It is crucial that doctors and other clinicians do raise any concerns they may have about the quality of care and are able to do so in an open and supportive environment. The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges is happy to endorse the Speaking Up Charter and work with other organisations to develop a positive culture by promoting openness, transparency, fairness, reporting and learning as an important and integral part of providing safer patient and public care."