Wednesday, 27 February 2013


Conductors, their colleagues and employers too

The UK is is suddenly very sensitive to the cover-up and suppression of information in its National Health Service and in other areas of public life, not least when it involves maltreatment and abuse of clients and staff by colleagues and managers.

It seems likely that such concerns will widen, with perhaps inevitable involvement of Conductive Education along the way, its conductors, their colleagues, volunteers, 'managers' and clients – even trustees and governors.

In the meantime, it can do no harm to follow what those who are already further ahead in this game are thinking and doing. Yesterday I was circularised an interesting enquiry by Steve Ford, News Editor of Nursing Times –
Do you feel safe to speak out?
When nurses and other health professionals raised concerns about care at Mid Staffordshire they were bullied by colleagues and managers. Nursing Times is launching a new campaign to increase protection for nurses who speak out when they see care failings and put pressure on the government to stand by its undertaking to review the Public Interest Disclosure Act.
To help launch our Speak Out Safely (SOS) campaign we are asking nurses for their views on whistleblowing and raising concerns.
Please take five minutes to fill in our short survey:
We are interested to hear of any experiences you may have had in raising concerns, whether these were positive or negative. If you wish to share your experiences please add these to the comments boxes for relevant questions or at the end of the questionnaire.
The findings will inform a news story in Nursing Times and give us evidence to support our campaign. Responses will be anonymous and treated in strict confidence.
Many thanks
Steve Ford
News Editor, Nursing Times
I am not of course suggesting that readers of Conductive World should complete and submit this form (unless of course thy are nurses). On the other hand, its content might offer food for thought, whatever one's involvement within the world of CE. Over the years I have come across or heard account of some dreadful cases of bullying, misbehaviour, neglect, favouritism, misreporting, incompetence, dishonesty and other mayhem in the workplace, that people have been afraid to talk about. Why not, such things happen and there is no a priori reason why CE should be spared them – yet, as elsewhere, they rarely come to light, other than at the level of gossip.

Even that well-known figure 'Anonymous' has had little to say publicly on this!

Conductive World will report what emerges from this survey but do have a look at the sort of thing that the nurses are being asked about.:

Change the terminology just a little...



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