A substantial barrier to progress in patient safety is a
dysfunctional culture rooted in widespread disrespect
Professor Lucian Leape
Harvard School of Public Health
Welcome to this website which is dedicated to creating a fairer, more open and safer UK National Health Service, and to bringing about fundamental changes in its culture.
When you fall ill, you will want the best treatment for yourself and your loved ones. Having that treatment depends on having an NHS that is well resourced and well run. The most important resource for the NHS is its staff – high quality staff who are dedicated and happy in their workplace.
The recent Francis Report and the Berwick Report into the NHS dealt primarily with patient safety and patient well-being. The mirror and complement of this is staff safety and staff well-being, which is closely linked to patient care, yet there have been no reports into how NHS staff are treated. Both reports talked about criminal action and corporate manslaughter if patients are harmed, and similar consideration should be given if staff suffer distress or death as a result of negligence or deliberate actions by managers in the NHS or clinicians in management roles. Compassion should equally apply to NHS staff as well as to NHS patients. Compassion is not only about dealing with distress and suffering, but doing things to prevent it occurring in the future. The NHS needs to show leadership in taking actions to learn from mistakes in how staff well-being has been handled in the past.
As the Bristol heart scandal and the Mid-Staffordshire hospital scandal have shown, there sadly are instances where staff feel victimised and demoralised, often as a result of a top-down management culture that is dictatorial and secretive, and which devalues excellence in patient care. Some victimised and demoralised NHS staff have ended up committing suicide.
We are working towards an NHS that treats its staff fairly and justly, that cherishes and rewards clinical excellence, that has compassion at the heart of everything it does, that actively supports staff who raise concerns about patient care, and that is much more open and transparent than at present.
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A fair and open NHS means better care for all