[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 2 Issue 8, March 2012].
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published a brief guide, with contact details, for health and care workers who feel compelled to raise concerns about inadequate practices and standards in their workplace.
Staff are given practical advice on speaking out (“whistleblowing”) about poor care. This guide provides much-needed reassurance about the protection they can in turn expect from employer reprisal under the Public Interest Disclosure Act (PIDA).
Care Quality Commission (2011). Raising a concern with CQC: A quick guide for health and care staff about whistleblowing. Newcastle upon Tyne: Care Quality Commission, December 2011.