Speaking up or raising concerns

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Information and resources for nursing and midwifery students relating to raising concerns


The following two guidance documents detail the process for speaking up or raising a concern and are intended to be used by nursing and midwifery students in Scotland whilst undertaking practice learning experiences during their pre-registration nursing and midwifery programmes. 

For students in non-NHS placements the National ‘Raising Concerns in Practice: Student Guidance’ (Strachan et al, 2019) should be followed.


From 1 April 2021 there is a new process for raising a concern or whistleblowing about patient safety or other harm within the NHS.  More information can be found at https://inwo.spso.org.uk/  and information about the new standards at https://inwo.spso.org.uk/whistleblowing

For students in NHS placements the ‘Speaking up- national whistleblowing guidance for nursing and midwifery students in Scotland’ should be followed.