News & Press / January 23, 2020

Freedom to Speak Up Guardian Survey 2019: new report

The National Guardian's Office will be publishing its 2019 Freedom to Speak Up Guardian Survey Report on Thursday 30th January.

Case study / January 22, 2020

Creating a Speaking Up Culture Across a Merged Organisation

UHDB’s ‘Time for Tea’ initiative offers workers an informal speaking up route and helps to embed an open culture across the trust. Following a merger, workers were anxious to maintain a two-way communication process with the senior leaders. ‘Time for Tea’ is now a bi-monthly event attended by hundreds of workers, alongside members of the Executive team, the Senior Leadership team and Alison Bell, the Freedom to Speak Up Guardian.

Announcement / January 20, 2020

JOB: Intelligence and Case Review Manager

Would you like the opportunity to help speaking up become business as usual in the NHS in England?

We're looking for an Intelligence and Case Review Manager to develop and lead a programme of data and intelligence, gathering information that will enable the National Guardian's Office gain continued insight into Freedom to Speak Up culture.

Press release / January 14, 2020

Report reveals more NHS workers feel confident to speak up… and more are doing so

Over the last two years over 19,000 cases of speaking up by NHS workers in trusts have been handled by Freedom to Speak Up Guardians. These include cases with an element of bullying and harassment and that have impacted on patient safety and quality of care.

Announcement / January 13, 2020

Guardian data portal open for submissions

The data collection portal is now open to receive data submissions from Freedom to Speak Up Guardians for Quarter 3 (1st October – 31st December 2019).

The portal will be open from Monday 13th January until 4pm on Friday 31st January.

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Case study / January 9, 2020

Embedding Speaking Up Through Worker Engagement

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust were highly commended in this year’s HSJ Freedom to Speak Up Organisation of the Year Award.

NHNFT’s engagement approach, Let’s Talk, focuses on the power and value of communicating and engaging with workers so they can feel confident in speaking up and that they will be listened to. It highlights how all workers can make a difference and work together to deliver outstanding care for and with service users, with the aim of making NHFT a great place to work and receive care.

Press release / December 27, 2019

Dr Henrietta Hughes awarded OBE in New Year Honours List

An Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) medal has been awarded to the National Guardian for the NHS, Dr Henrietta Hughes FRCGP MA (Oxon) MBBS DRCOG DFFP, in the Queen’s New Year Honours List 2020.

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Announcement / December 2, 2019

The Whistleblowers’ Support Scheme opens for applications

The Whistleblowers’ Support Scheme provides confidential, practical support and advice for NHS workers – current and former – who are having difficulty finding suitable employment in the NHS as a result of raising a concern in the public interest. Applications close midnight Sunday 5 January 2020.

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Case study / November 28, 2019

Developing compassionate ‘speak up’ cultures – within a Trust and across the region 

This year’s winners of the HSJ Award Freedom to Speak Up Organisation of the Year, Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust, have approached the adoption of Freedom to Speak Up in a holistic way, focussing on inclusivity and developing both their own organisational culture and that of other organisations in their area.