Speaking up or raising concerns is both challenging and complex. Patient safety is dependent on effective and strong professional relationships and on nurses and midwives being able to speak up about any matter that concerns them. This requires nursing and midwifery leaders to ensure that nurses and midwives have clarity about the process of raising concerns; are supported by senior nurses/midwives to raise concerns; experience positive feedback when they do raise concerns and are given timely feedback on what has been done when a concern has been raised.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council's guidance on Raising Concerns, clearly states that concerns should be raised and escalated until the registrant feels that their concerns have been heard and addressed.

Whistleblowing policies and procedures for raising concerns at work have been developed by each of the five HSC Trusts in Northern Ireland. These policies all reflect the DoH (2017) Framework and Model Policy which was developed as a response to the recommendations arising from the RQIA Review of the Operation of Health and Social Care Whistleblowing Arrangements.

The aim of this project was to enable and support registrants to effectively raise concerns in accordance with the NMC Code.

View the Project Plan

View the Agendas and Action Notes

View the Final Summary Report

Contact Information

Cathy McCusker
Senior Professional Officer
Tel: 0300 300 0066
Email: cathy.mccusker@nipec.hscni.net