Learn Not Blame
Learn Not Blame
Our campaign for a just culture in the NHS
Learn Not Blame is DAUK’s central campaign launched in Parliament on 20th November 2018. We aim to empower individual doctors to be part of a transformational change process working towards a revolution in the culture of the NHS.
For too long, when things go wrong, the blame culture has prevailed. This is endemic both within the profession and NHS organisations more widely, often without genuine analysis of systemic failings, or learning from what happened. Recent high profile cases have illustrated just how toxic this blame culture can be. In this campaign, we are coming together to say: enough. This has to stop.
What we need is a just culture in the NHS, where every individual – whether patient or staff – is valued and cared for. We need to develop a culture that celebrates success and the good work of thousands of professionals, but one that also acknowledges and learns in a constructive and fair manner when things go wrong.
Through the ‘Learn Not Blame’ campaign, we are committed to creating a better culture that promotes learning from adverse events and prioritises fairness, openness and the wellbeing of both patients and health care professionals. This can only happen by the creation of a just culture for all. We seek to empower doctors – and all those working in the NHS regardless of role – to do what they can within their own sphere of influence to ensure meaningful change and to create a better NHS to work in – and a better NHS for patients.
Learn Not Blame in the news
DAUK has been working with the National Guardian’s Office through our Learn Not Blame campaign. During the COVID-19 crisis DAUK repeatedly rang the alarm bell regarding reports of doctors being prevented from speaking up especially about concerns related to PPE. This week our Learn Not Blame and Protect the Frontline campaigns were features by the National Guardian.
DAUK in The Independent: Cover-up fears as reviews of Covid-19 deaths among NHS staff to be kept secret
Dr Rinesh Parmar DAUK Chair in The Independent “The families of our colleagues who have died deserve to know what happened, the circumstances surrounding the death and whether a lack of adequate PPE led to the deaths of loved ones.”
Following lobbying from the Doctors’ Association UK Ministers have asked medical examiners in England and Wales to review the deaths of NHS and social care employees during the pandemic to determine whether the infection was caught as a result of their work.