Speaking up

F. After speaking up

58. If you have spoken up to your employer, check the organisational policy on what should happen next. They may be in a position to let you know directly when they’ve put matters right. In other circumstances (for example, if there are confidential matters involved relating to another individual) they may not be able to keep you updated. If your employer does not attempt to put matters right, or they attempt to but patient/public safety is or may still be at risk, you should speak up to a prescribed person/organisation as set out above in section C2.

59. In many circumstances, concerns raised can be resolved at a local level and positives can be gained from reflecting on what happened and how to avoid a similar incident happening again. This is an important part of the duty of candour and is set out in detail in our candour guidance.

60. Your employer must not discriminate against you for speaking up honestly and following proper process to do so. If you are concerned that this is happening to you, seek advice from your professional body or representative organisation or independent legal advice.