Look at your employer’s policy on raising concerns and make sure you know what the process is.

Raising and responding to concerns is something that we should all comfortably be able to do but we know that being able to speak out is not always as easy as it sounds. The RCN has developed a guide to make it easier for you to assess whether a situation you’ve witnessed or experienced should be raised as a concern, and to support you through the process of reporting it if you do have reason to believe it was an act of wrongdoing or misconduct.

The resource answers the questions you might have about raising a concern including confidentiality, the support you will receive and how raised concerns are dealt with. There is also advice for managers on what to do if they have been approached about a concern. Information is available at: rcn.org.uk/raisingconcerns

You are also encouraged to call the RCN Customer Service Centre on 0345 772 6100 or speak to your local rep for advice about raising concerns.

The Code (NMC 2018) states that you have a duty to: ‘Act without delay if you believe that there is a risk to patient safety or public protection’.

The NMC has produced its own guidance on raising concerns, including a training toolkit. Please see nmc-uk.org and search for ‘raising concerns’.

Further resources To find out more visit: rcn.org.uk/employment-and-pay/ raising-concerns