How to raise concerns about care
Student nurses and midwives are now protected by legislation if they raise concerns about care. To reflect these changes, the NMC has updated their guidance for nurses and midwives on how to raise concerns. Students in practice settings as part of their education programmes now have the same protection as qualified nurses and midwives.
Jackie Smith, Chief Executive and Registrar, said: “Nursing and midwifery students are just as likely as registered nurses and midwives to witness poor practice and raise concerns in the interests of patients. This is good for public protection. We are very pleased that students, nurses and midwives now have the same level of protection when they raise concerns”.
Watch this short video where the inspirational nurse Helene Donnelly (whistle-blower in the Mid-Staffordshire scandal) launches Raising Concerns:
The NMC Code is clear about the responsibility of nurses and midwives to raise concerns about patient safety and act on concerns raised to them. If you have concerns about poor practice while you’re on placement (BU Students), remember to use the BU Placement Concerns Protocol.
Much of the above text was adapted from the NMC electronic newsletter: 15th April 2015.