WELL DONE NHFT – a celebratory blog

It started on the 6th February 2015, when I was speaking at a Nurses Summit held be Health Education England. I was there to talk about how empathy underpins the 6C’s of nursing and compassionate communication, feeding into patient safety and improvement of the emotional experience. I had not, at that time, formally started my training and development business, but had been public speaking about empathy, since 2006 following the death of my daughter in a hospital and my experience of the presence and lack of empathy both individually and from leadership teams involved.

A few weeks later, I had an email from a member of the audience from the Nurse Summit, who worked at Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT) asking me to speak at their conference later that year. This I did and had the pleasure of meeting the Chief Executive Angela Hilary and my journey with NHFT started.

As it happened and unrelated, the very first independent training day that I ran, as I started to test out the effectiveness of my approach in training empathy and emotional development, was attended by 3 members of NHFT patient experience and complaints staff.

From there, I was invited to do a morning session with the senior executive team. My training is based on openness and honesty and so I will be so here…I was terrified. Pink_Alpaca_Sewing_For_The_Terrified_6793cb4e-4a5f-4031-b2cc-c4f02996f30d_grandeThis was my first board training session and I spent the whole week prior, telling my brain that the anxiety that I was feeling was in fact excitement, not fear!! I am pleased to say they were lovely, and it went well (and I learnt as much from that experience as the team I worked with.)

The Trust was then the first Trust to invest in my training – A Journey Through Leadership Using Empathy – as part of their Leadership Matters programme and this year I have run sessions for staff, who have not only all proved to be engaged, motivated, authentic and honest, but a complete pleasure to work with. My approach to training is emotive and thought-provoking and the evaluation I have received has been outstanding and I have felt very privileged working with NHFT staff. On top of this, I have been involved in NHFT’s own Carers Awareness in house training programme, again, witnessing engagement and compassion from staff that are focused on developing their skills and the experience of patients.

Seeing on the CEO’s twitter feed their new ‘outstanding’ rating from their recent CQC report. And it was with happiness, reflection of my own NHFT journey, and pride, that I hear on BBC local news this morning, of the Trusts rating.  So this blog is for them. To celebrate their well deserved accomplishment.  Northamptonshire FT Col

In the CQC report, it states that:

  • The senior leadership team had been instrumental in delivering quality improvement and there was a true sense of involvement from staff, patients and carers towards driving service improvement across all areas.
  • Staff were particularly praising of the chief executive and the chair of the trust.
  • There was a true sense of desire to drive service improvement for the benefit of patients, carers, and the wider system, evident throughout the inspection.
  • The trust’s mission statement “making a difference for you, with you” was coproduced with staff, patients and stakeholders. Patients, families and carers were encouraged to provide feedback on the care they had received by a number of routes, for example via the ‘I want great care’ initiative.
  • The trust was regarded by Northamptonshire Carers and the Carer’s Strategic Partnership as a carer friendly organisation and one that was committed to championing the important role that carers play in an effective care relationship.
  • Consistently, staff attitudes were helpful, understanding and staff used kind and supportive language that patients would understand. The style and nature of communication was kind, respectful and compassionate…..The trust promoted a person-centred culture and staff involved patients and those close to them as partners in their care and treatment. Staff provided positive emotional support to patients.

WELL DONE NHFT. With mental health services under so much pressure…an amazing accomplishment to celebrate. Very proud and thankful to have been a small part of your impressive journey and to have you as part of mine. Every-accomplishment-start-with-the-decision-to-try


This is their world: Medical school course offers students a glimpse at the roots of their patients’ problems

In 2011 and I was working at a further education college with students with profound learning disabilities. One morning, we were having a staff meeting and it was stated at this meeting that the principle of the college was taking a hard line with attendance across the entire college. Any student that arrived even a few minutes late, or had more than a few days off sick, would potentially fail their course.

I remember sitting there feeling incensed at this blanket statement and compelled to challenge my line manager. Was I really part of an organisation that had so little insight into the world of all the students and young adults I was working with? Young adults and their families that had already overcome multiple health issues (some potentially fatal). That lived in a world where the simplest of tasks could take an hour instead of minutes to achieve, like getting showered and dressed in the morning. Where just from moving from one location to another, took thought and time. This was their world and their life and they arrived each day with a smile on their face.

I had never, personally, had to manage complexities like this in the morning, before my woman-2696408_1280children’s educational day started. I had however experienced trying to get my 9-year-old and 4-year-old twins to school after their sister had died. One particular morning it all got too much for me as I just lacked the emotional strength to get them all ready on time. My mind was a fog and I felt like the tiniest of tasks might as well have been a monumental task.  As as I fought against the clock this particular day,  I crumpled and ended up laying on my kitchen floor sobbing. I knew the longer I laid there debilitated by anxiety and sadness, I knew they would be later and later…..suddenly though it hit me…..I do not care if they are at school for 9am. Bugger picture Carolyn. Real life Carolyn. My priority should be that they are emotionally ok. I pulled myself up off the floor, called the schools, told them they would be in when WE were ready, put the phone down and made myself a cup of tea. I went on to make them all a special breakfast and allowed us just to be. They went to school an hour late and I am proud of that hour they were with me.

Why is this important, well it is because we are all operating in our own real lives and real world and lets not pretend…some people’s worlds are more challenging than others. It will always be the way. I have gone through my fair share of grief, but I live in a guy-2617866_640country that in my lifetime has not been war-torn. I have a home in a nice safe and pretty town. I have a mind, voice, and body that I can utilise fully and I have never had to be homeless. Just some of the things I am grateful for. Empathy is about seeing how things are for another…from their perspective. It is not about pity, but reality and about understanding some of the why’s and therefore understanding what someone may need for you to support them in a meaningful way.

A new initiative in a medical training programme in America, has doctors learning through patients real life and their real lived experiences. As I do when I work with healthcare professionals, complaints teams and investigators, taking them on a journey of patient safety, complaints and empathy that goes outside procedure and textbooks,  to encompass a much deeper understanding, this initiative too goes beyond medical learning and assesses it in real life.

In an article in the USNews  it states that ‘Medical students may spend years toiling over birth, death and all that ails people in between. But when it comes to keeping patients healthy, the key often lies outside the textbook or operating room.

That’s the lesson instructors are seeking to impart through a novel course at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine: In order to best serve the patients they see in the medical setting, doctors should know who those patients are outside of it.

“It is increasingly clear that you need to teach medical students – and for that matter, nursing students – more than just the pathways of clinical medicine in order to be a good doctor,” says Dr. Shreya Kangovi, an assistant professor who developed the course. “It’s not just about genetics and biochemistry, but it’s about the other competencies like cultural humility and good communication and patient engagement.”

The Penn course, an elective that lasts either two or four weeks, flips that relationship on its head. Third- and fourth-year students serve as apprentices to community health workers – health educators and navigators who work in their own neighborhoods and serve as liaisons between the health care system and patients who may face community-based hurdles to staying healthy, like a lack of transportation, unstable housing or inadequate access to healthy food.

Through the course, students learn how to address these health barriers while also recognizing the expertise of community health workers – care team members whose roles require staunch interpersonal skills and resourcefulness rather than years of clinical training.

“There is a 180-(degree) switch in the power dynamic, where this working-class person from the community, not making a whole lot of money, is now serving as the supervisor and evaluator of the student,” says Dr. Horace DeLisser, an associate professor at Penn who also serves as an associate dean for diversity and inclusion and helped develop the program.

“It helps challenge the student’s thinking, it fosters humility, hopefully develops some graciousness about people who are different from them, or at least not part of their normal experience,” DeLisser says.

I totally applaud this initiative and I know from the feedback I get from healthcare professionals attending my training days, that being able to gain an insight that challenges their perspectives and supports a deeper level of empathy to empower their connection and abilities, that these medical students will be receiving knowledge that no medical book can adequately educate them in. Whether it is a doctor, complaints manager, or a principle of college, knowing some of what the real-life factors and implications of certain situations are in another’s life, provides the understanding and education to make intelligent, insightful and more compassionate decisions, that support people to make others real life a little easier, rather than harder. Wouldn’t we all wish for that?

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Doctors giving empathic statements, allowing time for family members to respond were more likely to learn important information.

In a qualitative study of 68 pediatric intensive care consultations with 179 family members, to address the question: ‘When doctors attend to family emotions, how does it influence ensuing communication?’ found that using empathic statements gained important information. Giving time for family responses (coded as an unburied response), rather than just burying empathy in a mass of medical information (coded as a buried response), the doctors were more likely to learn important information about the family’s fears, values, and motivations.

The study states that ‘Families have consistently reported a desire for their doctors to show empathy. Empathy is a vital component of high-quality health care, and medical staff statements of empathy are an important source of support for patients and their families. Literature from adult ICUs suggests doctors infrequently show empathy and often miss opportunities to connect with families.’

When things go wrong in healthcare, this approach of empathic communication is vitally important still. In fact, when a resolution is sought, empowering staff to gain access to patient and loved ones, fears, values and motivations, is a key component.

“You will never be able to hit a target that you cannot see” Robin S Sharma

So often when conflict arises, the view is that both sides need to get back to a place of no conflict. Yet, as I discuss when training healthcare professionals, and complaints teams/serious incident investigators, their starting point is already a conflict of interest. The organisation is often coming from a procedural driver and the patient and/or loved one, from an often very strong emotional driver. They have an emotional investment because this is their life or the life of someone they love. Both sides often having fear, conscious or unconscious impacting on them.

When a death has occurred, grief processes can get stuck and whilst much is spoken about patients and loved ones never wanting things to happen to anyone else, it must not be forgotten that this frequently publicised driver is embedded very firmly in the fact that something has already happened to them or their loved one. They, therefore, have their own fears, values and motivations pushing them forward.

Empowering staff to understand this and gain more confidence to respond to it, as shown with the challenging communication between paediatric doctors and the families of critically ill children, interactions are enhanced through the understanding and demonstration of empathic communication. Being seen, heard and understood is vital in building a relationship with another and never more vital that when that understandable conflict of interest is already present.

To know more about how training that C&C Empathy Training carries out can support healthcare and complaints organisations, see here.

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Carolyn Cleveland, the founder of C&C Empathy Training, has a background of counselling and psychology, specialising in bereavement, fear and anxiety, but has also gone through the NHS complaints system, bring an authenticity and real-life application to her training programme. 100% of those attending in the last 12 months would recommend her and her programme. 


News: Government and Ombudsman must improve handling of NHS complaints

The Government needs to take action to improve the NHS complaints system, properly investigate cases of historic injustice and modernise the legislation for England’s Ombudsmans’ services, the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) says.

The Parliamentary and Health Services Ombudsman is the final tier of complaint for people unhappy with their experience of the NHS in England and Government departments. Last year it received 31,444 new complaints, 88% about the NHS.

Slow progress

PACAC’s report on the PHSO’s work in 2016-17 agrees with the PHSO’s new Chief Executive that the time it has taken to investigate complaints is, “simply unacceptable”. The Committee is also calling on the PHSO to improve how it supports often very distressed complainants, and to get better at showing how its investigations help improve NHS’ services for future patients.

However, many of the challenges the PHSO faces are made harder by the Government’s slow progress on reforms to the complaints system. PACAC therefore calls on the Government to accelerate the legislation to modernise the Ombudsman and on the Department of Health to improve local NHS complaints handling and to properly resolve the historic cases where families feel they are still being denied justice.

Chair’s comments

Chair of the Committee Bernard Jenkin said:

“Although it has much more to do we are cautiously confident that the PHSO under the new Ombudsman Rob Behrens is now on the right track. We welcome the personal commitment he has shown to rebuilding trust in the PHSO and improving the service it provides to the public.

As a Committee we have heard from families left distressed and traumatised by making a complaint to the NHS and the PHSO. Too many people still have to complain to the Ombudsman because public services don’t deal with their complaint properly in the first place.

The Ombudsman and his staff do a difficult job. The Government can help them by introducing the reforms it has already promised. Ministers told our committee two years ago that improving NHS complaints was “unfinished business”. It is now time for action, and for the Government to introduce the long awaited legislation they have already published.”

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Original news source: https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/public-administration-and-constitutional-affairs-committee/news-parliament-2017/phso-report-published-17-19/

Interview with an emergency doctor about his search to find his empathy again – a humbling read

Dr Brian Goldman, an emergency room physician, at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital, always felt himself to be a thoughtful doctor, that was until, 30 years into his career. Goldman, accused by the loved one of an elderly patient, of being unkind, found himself in the position of wondering if this was the case? He subsequently did some very honest thinking, analysing of his behaviour and perceived attitude; had he really lost his ability to have or at least demonstrate empathy?

This led Goldman on a 2-year global journey and subsequent book The Power of Kindness: Why Empathy Is Essential in Everyday Life. The below interview by The Star shows some of the deeply human experiences that have empowered Goldman to not only ti use his clinical skills in his work but utilise that human connection, of which empathy plays a powerful role in.

Much study is done on burn-out, with often conclusions stating that the more empathic the health professional is, the quicker they burn out. What often is overlooked though, is the empowering benefits us human beings get from connecting with others. Whether this is in a clinical role or everyday personal life. The problem arises with no support is there for us, when long working hours deplete our energy levels and resilience, when a lack of empathy shown back to us from those in leadership roles is evident, and when  systems and sometimes even patients and loved ones, yes, fail to show us empathy and kindness, then of course, any human being, including any nurse or doctor, can get burn out.

When I train in empathy, one of the things I draw attention to is the need for it to be two way. Whatever our job role, or gender, age or race, we all have the need for empathy and kindness, compassion and care (self-care too!). Burn out occurs from giving too much and not getting enough back, allowing for an imbalance and depletion in our empathy levels. Let’s be honest, we can even get burn out with our own children (particularly teenagers) when we are giving so much and they fail to empathise with us! And we love them!! Dr Goldman, however, listened to someone’s assessment of him and asked himself some honest questions and as a consequence has empowered himself professionally and personally in doing so.

Having lost my child in a hospital and challenged the lack of empathy shown towards me in the aftermath, (forming part of the training I now do with healthcare professionals and complaints teams now), if I was one of the relatives that spoke so honestly to Dr Goldman, on reading the below article I would feel not only empathy for him and kindness but uplifted also. A humbling read.

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brian_goldman_cred_christopher_wahl_The emergency room physician, Dr Brian Goldman,  knew he was a thoughtful doctor and a caring husband and father. But he wondered whether his 30 years of treating patients in a busy downtown hospital had worn away his empathy.

Those brooding thoughts turned into a two-year search for kindness that took him across Canada and around the world. On his travels, Goldman, who is also the host of CBC Radio’s White Coat, Black Art, interviewed top neuroscientists, hung out in laboratories and underwent psychological testing to determine his own capacity for kindness.

But even more important to his pursuit, he says, were the extraordinarily kind people he met along the way.

Goldman has turned his journey into a book that describes these encounters and details his own reflections on what it means to be kind.

In , readers get to meet, among others, a woman from Sao Paulo, Brazil, who reunites a homeless poet — a man she calls her soulmate — with his family, the bar owners in New York City who have created a safe space for 9/11 first responders and Mark Wafer, who owns six Tim Hortons restaurants in Scarborough and who has made it a priority to hire people with disabilities.

You tell us at the beginning of the book that you worry you have lost your kindness, that the empathy you remember having as a kid is no longer with you. Is there one particular moment that sticks with you from your career as a physician or from your family life that made you think that you had lost your kindness?

Yes, indeed. It happened when I saw an elderly woman in the emergency department who was in the advanced stage of a degenerative disease. The family had brought her to the emergency department because, though they had been doing their level best to care for her at home, they felt they could no longer do so. She had no acute medical issues that required immediate admission to hospital — she wasn’t dehydrated, she didn’t have pneumonia, she didn’t have a fever — but they were at the end of their rope. They wanted her to be admitted. In fact, I did that. But I wasn’t kind about the way I did it. There was something begrudging in my attitude. At one point, one of the family members asked if I had done the referral and I snapped at this person. A few months later, the woman had passed away and the husband wrote me a letter, inviting me to meet with the family. He told me flat-out in the letter that he thought I was unkind, and the reason he wrote the letter was because he thought I was salvageable, that there was a human being under that moment of unkindness. Eventually, I met most of the immediate family and we all had a good cry in that meeting. It was that encounter, more than any other, that set me on this road and made me want to look inside myself — and also around the world to try to figure out what kindness looks like.

Kindness is the most important thing we learn in kindergarten. As we get older, it seems to matter less and less in our institutions. Why is that?

That’s a tough question. There are many reasons. Christian Keysers (co-director of the Social Brain Lab at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience in Amsterdam) told me that we are all hard-wired for empathy, but we also have this giant frontal lobe (in our brain) in charge of executive function. Keysers said to me that empathy is a choice — not including psychopaths and Machiavellians and narcissists — but for all the rest of us, empathy is choice. And for the rest of our lives we will have these competing interests in our daily priorities. So, you’re running to catch the bus for an important job interview and you see a child who has fallen off her tricycle. At that moment, you have to weigh your important job interview against this child who needs you. We are constantly weighing what it is to be kind in the moment. I think the reason why it gets more difficult to be kind is because we have so many competing interests that it taxes our ability to do the right thing at the right time.

You work in medicine, so data and double-blind studies are kind of your thing. But for this book, for the most part, you chose to write about individual people. Why did you focus on stories, rather than studies?

To me, kindness isn’t found in studies. It’s found in the one-on-one relationships between partners, between a therapist and a client, between a mother and a newborn baby, between two friends in a coffee bar who are matching each other’s hand gestures and speech patterns. I included some studies, where they were pertinent, because there is fascinating research into empathy and kindness. But I knew that if I wanted to become a kinder person, I needed to learn from the examples of other people who are kind, by finding out their stories. And I also know that in the emergency department, when I’m seeing patients, it’s not studies that count, it’s me and how I interact with the patients that count.

On your journey, you met many extraordinarily kind people. Is there one person who sticks with you, one person who you think of more than others, even now that your book is complete?

I think most often of Naomi Feil, the woman who pointed out to me, for the first time in my career as a health professional, that people at the end-stage of dementia who say things repeatedly and seem agitated are doing and saying those things for a reason. And, if you give them an opportunity to express what they are feeling, and not try to pull them back into the here-and-now, you can help them by validating their feelings, so they can release those feelings and be less agitated. No one taught me that.

That would be a useful lesson for a physician, but also as a human. Have you had an opportunity to use that lesson since meeting Naomi?

Yes. Since then I’ve had loved ones with dementia, including my father-in-law. Whenever I would see him, I made a point of never testing his memory to see if he seemed disoriented. I wanted him to know that I loved him for who he is and not for what he remembers. And I’ve used that kind of approach, thanks to Naomi Feil, in the emergency department as well.

What steps are you taking to bring back your kindness?

First, I breathe. I breathe into a count of six. I hold my breath to a count of six. And I exhale to a count of six. I’m breathing, I’m feeling air entering my lungs, it helps to centre me. Second, I clear the clutter in my heart and in my head. I try to let it float by like a balloon or a float in a parade. Any intruding thoughts — a bad memory, a conversation that didn’t go well, somebody who doesn’t have nice thoughts about me — I don’t judge them, I just let them float by until they’re gone. I try teleporting myself to the ceiling. I try mentally floating over to a spot above the person that I’m trying to be kind to and I float down right beside them. I imagine I’m with them. How are they feeling? How is life going? What’s bugging them? And finally, I remember to smile. Not smirk — smile.

What is the one thing we can all do today to make the world more kind?

The sweetest kindness in the world is the unexpected kindness. It often comes from people who you believe to be your enemy. You can’t control how they think about you. But you can certainly change things. And the way to change things is be unexpectedly kind to them.

This conversation has been edited for length and clarity.


5 tips to embed empathy into an organisation and health/social care and medico-legal specialist empathy training

5 tips to embed empathy into an organisation from a study by Business Solver, a USA based organisation. 

Click on this link for health/social care and medico-legal specialist empathy training, or see details below.

Mind the Gap Recognize the challenges facing job roles and levels, and how the gap between what employers think about workplace engagement versus what employees actually think could be causing problems.

Embrace Differences Across Your Organization Create more empathy in the workplace by embracing different backgrounds, genders, age groups, and working styles — the result can be a stronger patchwork of engagement.

Build Empathy Muscles — and Leadership Mindset Learn how to put empathy in practice through words, actions, and business policies/offerings. Even more importantly, learn how to practice it in day-to-day activities and interactions. Gain a clear understanding of where your organization currently stands in terms of empathy (seeking out professional assistance here may be a good idea to get an objective opinion), and then develop a plan to execute empathy training.

Walk the Walk…Over to Your Co-worker’s Desk Understand the ways to exhibit empathy — through 1:1 interactions and personalized communications, and practice what you preach through daily interactions with others.

Keep Your Eye on the Prize The ultimate goal of an empathetic workplace is a more engaged employee and, therefore, a stronger bottom line. It’s not an approach or process that happens overnight, but it has the power to transform a business

The “Reverse Golden Rule” tells people to “treat others how they want to be treated.” This well-known adage might just be the key to connecting people through a shared workplace culture. Empathy impacts the way we experience the world around us and how we interact with others. At a time when empathy is at the forefront of conversations on a global scale, it’s more important than ever to understand the practical applications of empathy in daily life and how to reap the benefits of empathy in the workplace.

CarolynThis is based on multiple organisations. My company C&C Empathy Training, concentrates on the health/social care sector and medico-legal and works with these organisation and their very valuable staff on how to use empathy in leadership roles, in complaints and serious incident situations and patient safety. I believe, at the heart of any learning, each organisation and each individual must have the desire to wish to learn, and if not present before the training takes place, then leave with that desire to from feeling engaged in the training they have just received.

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That’s what people who attend my training feedback to me, their desire to be more empathic from attending my session. That’s the key, that personal motivation. Hearing examples of the real life effect of the absence and presence of empathy weaved throughout any conference session, or full day creates this desire. With 100% recommending my courses and 100% rating them as relevant to practice, I have no doubt of the positive impact empathy and empathy training can have on people’s professional and personal growth.

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Example comments:

  • I found it a really powerful session, which made me reflect on how processes and systems can block empathy and also how we sometimes think we are listening to someone but we really are not
  • Very powerful message – will always remember
  • I hung onto every word as it was relevant, important and well presented. The points touched upon will help me as I support individuals and families to obtain answers to questions regarding care and treatment of their loved ones.


News: Government to protect NHS whistleblowers from employment discrimination

Empathy and emotional awareness within the field of NHS complaints, quality, patient safety, and leadership are the essence of my lived and breathed work.

CarolynComing from a counselling background but significantly following the loss of a 15-year-old child in a hospital, I now train healthcare and legal professionals on many aspects of what gets in the way of honest sharing and understanding vital emotional data to prevent prolonged psychological harm (Duty of Candour) for all involved. So I am pleased to read that further steps are going to be taken to support staff working in the NHS.

‘NHS whistleblowers will be protected from discrimination when applying for another job in the health service under draft regulations introduced by the Government on 19th March, 2018.

Part of efforts to make the NHS “the safest healthcare system in the world”, the proposed powers mean NHS employers will not lawfully be able to discriminate against job applicants who have previously blown the whistle on potential risks to patient safety.

Any applicants who face discrimination will get legal protection and NHS employers will face tough penalties if applicants’ complaints are upheld.

For too long we have failed to protect those who are brave enough to speak out when others won’t Caroline Dinenage

The move is part of the Government’s wider drive to develop a culture of openness and transparency within the NHS.

Caroline Dinenage, Minister of State for Care, said: “These important measures should ensure staff can raise concerns knowing they are protected by the law and that their career in the NHS will not be damaged as a result of wanting to do the right thing.

“For too long we have failed to protect those who are brave enough to speak out when others won’t.

“We want to make the NHS the safest healthcare system in the world so we must build a culture of openness and transparency among our staff.”

The changes were a key recommendation in Sir Robert Francis’ Freedom to Speak Up Review, which found a number of people struggled to find employment in the NHS after making protected disclosures about patient safety.

The measures sit alongside existing initiatives, which includes a Freedom to Speak Up Guardian role within every NHS organisation as well as nationwide pilots to support NHS whistleblowers and help them back into work.

Subject to parliamentary approval on March 19, the regulations will give applicants a right to complain to an employment tribunal if they have been discriminated against because it appears they have previously spoken out.

It will also enable compensation to be awarded if a complaint is upheld.’

Promoting a collaborative responsibility towards the NHS and on the basis that whether patient, loved one (like I was), nurse, consultant or CEO, each and every person is a human being. A human being that is fallible and vulnerable, as well as strong and compassionate. Driven by emotions and fears. Having gone through the NHS complaints system myself, and now working with many complaints staff, to empower and inspire staff to be open and honest, providing care and protection also is vital in promoting a psychologically healthy NHS as well as safe one. All supporting an emotionally healthy culture for staff, that can be then transferred to the patients and loved ones.

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Original news source: https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/government-to-protect-nhs-whistleblowers-from-employment-discrimination-36718963.html