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Speak Out SafelyGloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust has signed up to the Nursing Times Speak Out Safely campaign, which seeks commitment from organisations to support staff who raise concerns about patient safety.

By signing up to the campaign, Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust pledge that:

"This trust supports the Nursing Times Speak Out Safely campaign. This means we want every member of our staff to feel able to raise concerns about wrongdoing or poor practice when they see it and confident that their concerns will be addressed in a constructive way.

We promise that where staff identify a genuine patient safety concern, we will support them, fully investigate and, if appropriate, act on their concern. We will also give them feedback about how we have responded to the issue they have raised, as soon as possible.

Whether you are a permanent employee, an agency or temporary staff member, or a volunteer, please speak up when you feel something is wrong. We want you to be able to Speak Out Safely. Click here for more details on our pledge."

The Francis Inquiry (2013) looking into the failings at the Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust identified that staff who raised concerns were not taken seriously.

As a Trust, we put patient safety as a key priority and we are committed to supporting staff who raise concerns about poor care and in signing up to the Speak Out Safely campaign, we are making this a public commitment.