Learn Not Blame is DAUK’s central campaign launched in Parliament on 20th November. We aim to empower individual doctors to be part of a transformational change process working towards a revolution in the culture of the NHS.
why we need learn not blame
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.
sign up to the learn not blame campaign
The campaign encourages individuals to commit to action within their own sphere of influence, and join together as a movement to put pressure on NHS leadership to mirror that change and commit at a Trust or Health Board level to an open, learning and just culture.
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The Learn Not Blame campaign depends on your generosity. Please help us to build a unique movement uniting doctors, patients, healthcare professionals and families in arguing for a just NHS culture. Every penny of your donations will go towards the campaign.
Upcoming Learn Not Blame events
We are delighted to have been invited to deliver a keynote speech for a third time at the Westminster Health Forum. Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden DAUK Chair will be be delivering a keynote speech on the Learn Not Blame movement and joining a panel on patient safety and regulation. Dr Batt-Rawden will be speaking alongside the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt, Dr Bill Kirkup, Sir Robert Francis QC and Professor Leslie Hamilton.
DAUK are delighted to have been asked to deliver a session at the BMJ Leaders in Healthcare conference. Dr Jenny Vaughan our Law and Policy Officer will be delivering a masterclass entitled Carer or Criminal? Second Victims and the Move Towards Constructive Accountability. Dr Cicely Cunningham our Learn Not Blame lead will also be presenting.
We are delighted to have been invited to speak at the Royal Society of Medicine. Dr Jenny Vaughan DAUK’s Law and Policy lead will delivering a keynote speech entitled. ‘Moving on from blame’.
The final session will concentrate on safety in medicine including the role of the GMC.
The event is open to all delegates and will be hosted at the Royal Society of Medicine.
what has the learn not blame team been up to recently?
Read our most recent news
Last week, Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden Chair of The Doctors’ Association UK interviewed Charlie Massey as part of a documentary on why doctors are leaving the NHS. The episode was presented by Sammy on BBC Radio 4.
For the first time Charlie Massey publicly stated that his decision to appeal the fitness to practice (MPTS) verdict, and pursue Dr Bawa-Garba in the High Court was wrong.
The GMC's chief executive has admitted the legal advice the regulator received during the Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba case was wrong and if the same case were to take place now he would not try to have a doctor barred from practice.
Charlie Massey said he 'completely accepts' the legal advice he was given to pursue the striking off of Dr Bawa-Garba - who was convicted of manslaughter by gross negligence following the death of a six-year-old patient - was 'not correct'.
Our Chair Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden shares her view in the BMJ after interviewing Charlie Massey (chief executive GMC) for a documentary Sammy presented on BBC Radio 4. In this interview Charlie Massy admits for the first time that his decision to take Dr Bawa-Garba to the Hight Court to have her struck off was incorrect.
The General Medical Council (GMC) has just published the 29 final recommendations of the long-awaited reviewinto how gross negligence manslaughter and culpable homicide are applied to medical practice. This was an independent review chaired by consultant cardiac surgeon, Leslie Hamilton, and undertaken after widespread criticism of the GMC’s handling of the case of Hadiza Bawa-Garba. The Doctor’s Association UK, among many other organisations, has been calling for a truly “Just Culture” to be adopted by the NHS for staff and patients alike as part of its Learn Not Blame campaign, and broadly welcomes the report.
Leslie Hamilton is today announcing the findings of an independent report, commissioned by the General Medical Council (GMC), into how gross negligence manslaughter and culpable homicide are applied to medical practice.
The Doctors’ Association UK attended a roundtable meeting at the House of Lords this morning to address the growing concerns about bullying and harassment in the NHS. The meeting was organised by the General Medical Council (GMC), hosted by Dr Philippa Whitford MP and was attended by key stakeholders including Royal Colleges, NHS Employers, NHS Improvement, the BMA, MPs and Peers. Our members were represented by our Chair Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden, Vice-Chair Dr Rinesh Parmar who is leading our work on NHS bullying and undermining and our Law and Policy Lead Dr Jenny Vaughan. This meeting brought together various streams of our work including #NHSMeToo, #CompassionateCulture and #LearnNotBlame.
The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service has restored Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba to the medical register, read the full determination here.
Today, there is widespread relief amongst the medical profession. However, the verdict is no cause for celebration. At the heart of this case is a child, Jack Adcock, who tragically lost his life to sepsis. Our hearts go out to the Adcock family as they continue to grief for Jack. When a child dies it is our duty as doctors to do all we can to prevent the same tragedy from occurring again. We strongly feel that scapegoating an individual doctor or clinician for human errors made whilst whilst working under enormous pressure, does not serve this purpose. Instead, the criminalisation of medical error creates a culture of fear and blame, where clinicians feel afraid to speak up, afraid to reflect, and afraid to learn when things go wrong. Therefore we welcome the verdict of the Medical Tribunal Practitioners Service today, who, after considering all the system failures and the context in which Dr Bawa-Garba made errors, has found her safe to return to medical practice.
The Doctors’ Association UK is proud to stand alongside the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and 23 other organisations in an alliance to eradicate workplace bullying.