Understanding employee whistleblowing in health care

Mannion R, Blenkinsopp J, Powell M, McHale J, Millar R, Snowden N, Davies H
Record ID 32015001176
Authors' objectives: Health care scandals, such as the most recent at Mid Staffordshire, have demonstrated that uncaring and ineffective practices can flourish in hospitals when the organisational context goes wrong. When this happens, patients not only have unpleasant experiences during care but they can be hurt or even die as a consequence. In such situations it is important that staff feel that they can raise concerns or blow the whistle when they see poor quality or unsafe care. All NHS organisations are required by law to have policies in place to help support employees to raise such concerns, but recent hospital scandals and the findings of numerous staff surveys have shown that, for a variety of reasons, many staff feel inhibited in raising concerns, and even when they do, that NHS organisations often fail to act at all or respond inappropriately. This research seeks to explore this in more depth, with the goal of providing evidence-informed practical guidance for the design and implementation of effective whistleblowing policies in the NHS.
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 2018
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: England, United Kingdom
MeSH Terms
  • Organizational Culture
  • Whistleblowing
  • Hospitals
  • Patient Safety
  • Quality of Health Care
Organisation Name: NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research programme
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Contact Email: journals.library@nihr.ac.uk
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