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 launched a legal bid to force the Government to open an inquiry into failures in getting PPE to NHS staff and care workers.
Almost half of healthcare workers questioned as part of a survey by the Doctors’ Association UK said they had been effectively gagged from raising concerns. Some 47% of respondents said they had been told not to raise the issue on social media. A similar number said they had been warned about speaking to the press during the pandemic.
DAUK on LBC radio: our whistleblowing survey revealing an unacceptable level of bullying and harrassment
DAUK’s Dr Jenny Vaughan on LBC radio speaking to James O’Brien about the results of our whistleblowing questionnaire with Whistleblowers UK, revealing a worrying level of bullying around PPE.