At RDASH we encourage any staff member who has a genuine patient safety concern to raise this within the organisation at the earliest opportunity.
This should initially be with their line manager or through clinical leadership forums. However, we also have in place a Freedom To Speak Up (FTSU) Guardian and team who can support people to raise concerns if they feel that they have difficulty doing so.
Patient safety is our main aim and our staff (whether a temporary employee, permanent member of staff, volunteer or agency staff) are the best placed to identify if care standards are not at the level we feel our patients should receive.
We want every member of staff to feel able to raise concerns with their manager, clinical lead or other member of the leadership team, in order to maintain our high standards of care. If poor practice or wrongdoing is detected we want everyone in the organisation to be able to address this quickly and be confident in knowing that their concerns will be addressed in a constructive way, without any prejudice towards them.
Clinical and managerial teams and the ‘Freedom to Speak Up’ Team will ensure that people who raise concerns are supported and any concerns are investigated and acted upon. We will also make sure that feedback is provided to those who raise concerns as soon as possible and throughout the investigation process, if one is required.
If you have a concern about a risk, malpractice or wrongdoing at work we hope you will feel able to raise it with your line manager or lead clinician. If you do not feel this is appropriate please contact the Freedom to Speak Up Guardians for Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust:
Noma Makhanda on 07836 680975 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Other members of the Freedom to Speak Up Team are Alison Pearson, Non-Executive Director; Tracey Wrench, Deputy Chief Executive/ Executive Director of Nursing and Allied Health Professionals; Dr Judith Graham, Interim Director for People and Organisational Development/ Director responsible for Freedom to Speak Up/ Chair for Yorkshire and Humber Guardians Network; and Kathryn Singh, Chief Executive.