Short, yet punchy article from the BBC about speaking up in difficult situations. In practice, you would not think that the two professions featured – aviation and medicine would have any common ground. What the article highlights is that both feature a strong hierarchical system that makes raising the alarm difficult for junior members of staff.

The content is not new as procedures have been put in place based on aviation critical debriefs within health such as the WHO operating checklist to prevent incidence in theatre. The element that I found simple and effective was the guidance provided in terminology that can be used to raise the alarm. If you are not sure, say that. Use the range of terms suggested to help you do this. For me these terms are a quick take away from the article like a cue card that can be used in difficult circumstances to prevent ‘never events ’ (incidents that can cause serious harm or death in health).