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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.