Dr Henrietta Hughes OBE, National Guardian for the NHS, said: “Speaking up begins with a conversation, usually with your line manager. How your manager reacts has a tremendous impact on the perception of whether speaking up is welcomed. Managers play a vital role in fostering a speak up culture and the psychological safety of workers. That is why it is essential that they have the tools so they can effectively listen and respond, especially in these current challenging circumstances.”
Dr Judith Graham, Queen’s Nurse, Director for Psychological Professionals and Freedom to Speak Up Guardian at Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust, has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the New Year’s Honours List 2021.
Freedom to Speak Up Guardians reported receiving 9,754 speaking up cases in the first half of this year, an increase of 34% on the same period in the previous year.
Dr Henrietta Hughes OBE, the National Guardian for the NHS, has urged healthcare organisations not to allow the announcement yesterday (4 November 2020) that the NHS has been returned to the highest level of risk on its emergency preparedness framework to act as a discouragement to workers speaking up.
‘Speak Up, Listen Up, Follow Up’, a new e-learning package, is aimed at anyone who works in healthcare. Divided into three modules, it explains in a clear and consistent way what speaking up is and its importance in creating an environment in which people are supported to deliver their best.
Sonia Pearcey, Freedom to Speak Up Guardian at Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, has been awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2020 announced today (Saturday 10th October).