My name is Julie Fagan and I am a retired health visitor. When I was suspended for a second time (the first three stories on the website are mine) as I was praying for guidance at 5 am after another night’s disturbed sleep, the words ‘web site’ came into my mind. ‘Web site’ I thought. What’s that got to do with it? But the idea grew, one of my sons offered to host it and organise it (he is such a gift to us all) and here it is. When I first began in 2003 I also campaigned against the way the suspensions were conducted.
Meet the team
Gradually others joined in the work and also campaigned. I am so grateful for these people – Craig, who wrote a lot of the Help and resources pages, and who helped many people, Andre who has supported numerous people working in the mental health field especially, Kate who has supported people, campaigned and represents us in Scotland, where the laws and rules are different but the same blame and punitive culture exists, Dave providing the same service in Wales with the same culture there too and Elsie our spokesperson for midwives. (Elsie has now been awarded an honorary fellowship by the University of Wolverhampton in recognition of her contribution towards midwifery and her commitment towards the Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) community and women’s rights, particularly in the areas of childbirth and mental health services.) Elsie has also supported many suspended midwives in that increasingly dangerous environment and campaigns at high levels of the NHS, never giving up hope of change.
We have all personally experienced the distress and cost of unjust, unlawful and unnecessary suspension.
In the intervening years
I became a carer for my husband and my contribution to CAUSE (Campaign Against Unnecessary Suspensions and Exclusions UK) and keeping the website up to date, was mainly put on hold apart from continuing to answer emails and starting a blog http://nhsmanagersexposed.blogspot.co.uk .
In 2016 my caring was no longer required and I am now in the process of updating the website information and trying to assess how many people are still being suspended unnecessarily, unlawfully. We need an organisation that can send a Freedom of Information request to all the trusts to find out. If you know of such a contact, please let me know – firstname.lastname@example.org
I have started researching current Government quangos to update the Help page. I found a lot of change but no improvements it seemed. (A quango – quasi semi- autonomous non-governmental organisation, outside the civil service but receiving financial support from the government, which also makes senior appointments to it – in case you were wondering.)
My hope is that the culture of the NHS will eventually change from a blame to a learning with responsible outcomes culture. Miracles have been known to happen! We want to help.