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HCPC response to Freedom to Speak Up

Date of publication: 12/02/2015
Category: Position statement
Audience: Journalists and media
On 11 February 2015, Sir Robert Francis QC published his independent review into creating an open and honest reporting culture within the NHS. Commissioned by the Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt, Sir Robert listened to a range of views from employees and employers as well as patients and service users. His subsequent report commends progress made to date, but also sets out measures to ensure NHS employees are free to speak up about patient safety concerns.

As the professional regulator for 322,000 health and care professionals, many of whom work in the NHS, we welcome the review and support any initiatives which will ultimately strengthen public protection.

Our standards of conduct performance and ethics  clearly set out how we expect HCPC- registered professionals to act if they are concerned about service user and patient safety. We have also produced guidance on this issue. As part of our ongoing commitment to review and update these standards, we will be consulting on revised standards shortly. These will include a focus on openness and honesty as well as reporting and escalating concerns.

Our Council will consider the principles and actions set out in the report at a future meeting and agree any action that is required.

Additional information:

Read Sir Robert Francis's Freedom to Speak Up review
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