Practice Experience Concerns

What do I do if I am really concerned about practice I have witnessed?

You will have been introduced as part of your programme to the NMC guidance on Raising and Escalating Concerns and these can be found on the weblink here: www.nmc-uk.org/Documents/NMC-Publications/NMC-Raising-and-escalating-concerns.pdf

But, we recognise that it’s not easy raising concerns in practice. You might be feeling worried about how this might reflect upon your own practice or feel disloyal to a practice area which, for the most, part has been very supportive of you. But speaking up for the vulnerable individuals in our care is a fundamental part of your practice plus raising concerns early can often stop a minor issue escalating into a major issue. Following the NMC guidance would make your first port of call your mentor, thereafter the manager of the service.

What do I do if I have followed the NMC guidance and still feel my concerns are not adequately dealt with?

At this stage you would contact your personal supervisor or your link lecturer and outline as fully and as factually as possible your concerns They may ask you to document your concerns in a letter. This letter should provide a record of the concern/event, and include essential information: date, time and location of the event, who was involved, the conduct observed, what was said, whether there were any witnesses to the incident. Where known, you should document the name and role of those involved and/or any witness. 

Can this letter be anonymous?

No. Whilst this may seem unfair it is important that your concerns are taken seriously and fully investigated. In order to do this we would need to share your concerns with the Director of Practice Education and a senior member of the Trust/practice organisation so might need to contact you again for further information. If you are unwilling to put your concerns in writing it is unlikely that the link lecturer/personal supervisor would be able to take this further.