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RCN Northern Region

Safe to speak out

in Cumbria

Autumn/winter 2015 - Safe to speak out campaign

At RCN Northern region we have been active in highlighting the ongoing challenges our members in North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust are facing on a daily basis.

We were made aware of a wide range of concerns, including:

  • rumours surrounding the future of accident and emergency services in Whitehaven
  • levels of workforce stress
  • bullying
  • communication between management and staff
  • poor workforce planning.

In response, we developed a confidential survey entitled ‘Safe to speak out’, which was sent to all members working in the NHS in Cumbria. Its purpose was to ask our members what concerns they had, as well as what areas of good practice they would like to highlight.

To discuss the issues we raised, trust chief executive Ann Farrar and director of nursing Gail Naylor met with RCN regional director Sarah Dodsworth. They agreed the following action:

  • RCN Northern and the trust’s executive team would work together in a constructive and open way to help address some of the long-term challenges health care professionals including our members are facing.
  • RCN Northern and the trust’s executive team would meet regularly to share intelligence and progress.
  • RCN facility time of half a day per week was approved. This will initially be undertaken at Whitehaven but in time it is hoped that the agreement will include both hospital sites.
  • The results of the RCN ‘Safe to speak out’ survey will be shared with the trust’s management team and board.
  • The trust's director of nursing Gail Naylor will be invited to present at RCN Northern region’s centenary conference next year to showcase examples of good practice at North Cumbria University Hospital NHS Trust.