Raising and acting on concerns decision tool

This decision making tool will help you know what to do if you have a concern about patient safety.

Our guidance says that all doctors have a duty to act when they believe patients’ safety is at risk, or that patients’ care or dignity is being compromised.

If you are faced with one of these situations, it’s essential that you know what action to take and feel confident in doing so.

This tool guides you through the decision making process, from incidents you can tackle yourself to challenging situations where you may need to involve a regulator or other external body.

We've developed case studies with input from doctors who understand the challenges that you can face when raising concerns about patient safety.

Ready to start?

You'll be asked a series of yes or no questions. Each question and endpoint links on to either the relevant guidance or a case study for you to explore the situation in more detail.

Our learning materials

Before you start

We've developed materials like this to help you understand how our guidance applies in a range of circumstances.

Before you start

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This decision tool references our Raising and acting on concerns guidance. In addition to this tool, you can also:

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