At this unprecedented time, Freedom to Speak Up is more important than ever.
It is vital that healthcare leaders act to help Freedom to Speak Up guardians and those who support them to carry out their role and keep their patients and colleagues safe. In times of difficulty many workers will want to speak up, and it is even more critical that they are listened to.
The National Guardian’s Office Annual Report, published today (Tuesday 17 March), reveals that more NHS workers are speaking up, but that leaders must do more to foster a positive speaking up culture in our NHS.
Dr Henrietta Hughes OBE, National Guardian for the NHS, said, “The introduction of Freedom to Speak Up Guardians has provided NHS workers with greater opportunities to speak up about anything that may get in the way of them delivering the best possible care.
Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust relaunched Freedom to Speak Up with an extensive media campaign after Jenny Michael was appointed in 2018. Increasing awareness of the Freedom to Speak Up route has prompted a considerable rise in speaking up cases.
The National Guardian's Office has recently received an anonymous letter from a worker at a hospital trust in the North-West of England.