Providing a 'safe space' in healthcare safety investigations

Closed 16 Dec 2016

Opened 17 Oct 2016

Feedback expected 16 Jan 2017

Overview

We want NHS staff to learn from their experiences as care givers, including from any mistakes they may have made. Sometimes staff fear that they will be blamed for making mistakes, which makes them reluctant to discuss their experiences. We therefore want to create a ‘safe space’ – where they can speak up about incidents without the fear that they will be punished.

The proposal outlined in this consultation is to create a statutory prohibition on the disclosure of material obtained during certain health service investigations. That is, information that staff provide as part of a health service investigation will be kept confidential except where there is an immediate risk to patient safety, or where the High Court makes an order permitting disclosure. This broadly mirrors the regime followed in the area of air accidents investigations, and will improve patient safety standards.

Why we are consulting

We want to create a balanced safe space and to make sure the proposal both reassures staff that the information they provide will not be passed on and also reassures patients and families that they will be given the full facts of their, or their loved ones’, care.

 

Audiences

  • Voluntary groups
  • Community groups
  • Charities
  • Civil society
  • Advocacy or support organisations
  • GPs
  • Nurses
  • Health visitors
  • Clinicians
  • Managers
  • Commissioners
  • Directors of Public Health
  • Pharmacists
  • Doctors
  • Midwives
  • Healthcare scientists
  • Paramedics
  • Dentists
  • Art therapists
  • Dramatherapists
  • Music therapists
  • Chiropodists/ podiatrists
  • Dieticians
  • Occupational therapists
  • Orthotists
  • Orthopists
  • Prosthetists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Diagnostic radiographers
  • Therapeutic radiographers
  • Speech and language therapists
  • Childcare providers
  • Allied Health Professionals
  • Care-Givers
  • Ophthalmic Practitioners
  • Responsible Officers
  • Foundation Trusts
  • NHS Commissioning Board
  • Tribunal Service
  • Clinical Commissioning Groups
  • NHS quality improvement leads
  • NHS patient experience leads
  • NHS patient safety leads
  • clinical staff
  • patient groups and patient advocates
  • Regulatory body
  • Academic/ Professional institution
  • Employer representatives
  • Employee representatives
  • Trade union
  • Deaneries
  • Higher Education institutions
  • Royal Colleges
  • Members of the public
  • Patients
  • individuals and families with experience of clinical investigations

Interests

  • Patient safety
  • Patient care
  • Clinical investigations
  • Clinical negligence
  • Quality improvement
  • Education
  • Continuing Professional Development
  • Training
  • Accountability
  • Clinical Governance
  • Complaints
  • Feedback