Students have a professional duty to report any concerns which put the safety of the people in their care or the public at risk. Speaking up on behalf of people in a student’s care is an everyday part of the student role, and just as raising genuine concerns represents good practice, ‘doing nothing’ and failing to report concerns is unacceptable.
Examples of concern may include;
• observing poor care practices
• abuse, neglect or exploitation of vulnerable people
• observing inappropriate or aggressive behaviour
• bullying of student or other members of the care team
The NMC web site has useful resources, including Guidance for raising and escalating concerns
(2013) to support the student decision making about whether the student should raise or escalate concerns.
The HCPC website shares useful resources and guidance on how to raise a concern.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has also published useful guidance
Health Education England (North West) has also produced guidance to support students raising concerns.