Helene Donnelly to launch updated NMC guidance on Raising Concerns for nurses and midwives

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) will publish updated guidance on Raising Concerns on 12 September, backed by Helene Donnelly.

Helene Donnelly will speak to the Council on that date, drawing on her experience of raising concerns about care at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust and her new work as ambassador for cultural change at Staffordshire and Stoke-On-Trent Partnership NHS Trust. Helene’s presentation will be live streamed on the NMC website and will be available for subsequent view.

The NMC Code makes raising concerns about patient safety an unequivocal professional duty. Raising Concerns, which is for nurses, midwives and nursing and midwifery students, includes information on organisations that can provide individuals with advice and support on how to take matters forward. 

Helene Donnelly said,

“I’m pleased to support the revised guidance.  I want to encourage nurses and midwives to understand their own professional responsibility to speak out when they have concerns about standards of care. But there is much more that organisations need to do to make raising and dealing with concerns more straightforward.”

Jackie Smith, NMC Chief Executive and Registrar of the NMC, said

“We want a health and social care sector where the rights and dignity of patients come first and where all staff can raise concerns without fear of reprisals.

“Nursing and midwifery managers need to understand their professional responsibility also includes taking honestly raised concerns seriously.

“Every nurse, midwife and student should read the guidance.  Our revisions make it easier to understand how to get advice and support.”

This is the first guidance produced by the NMC to attain the Plain English Campaign’s Crystal Mark, as part of its commitment to communicate clearly.

The main revisions to the 2010 guidance reflect legal changes and additional resources available to individuals who wish to raise concerns.

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