Official Launch of ‘Learn Not Blame’ Event in Parliament

Tuesday 20th November.


***LIVESTREAM via DAUK Facebook page***

After months of preparation, The Doctors’ Association UK is excited about the imminent launch of the ‘Learn Not Blame’ Campaign in Parliament on the 20th of November 2018 at 11:45 am.

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, will attend and give the closing remarks.

The event will be hosted by Dr Philippa Whitford MP, herself a consultant breast surgeon. Speakers include Scott Morrish (bereaved parent and campaigner for a just culture), Nick Ross (broadcaster and campaigner), Dr Edwin Jesudason (former consultant surgeon and NHS whistleblower) and DAUK’s very own Learn Not Blame campaign lead Dr Cicely Cunningham.

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.