Speak Up Tree
Announcement / March 3, 2021

Freedom to Speak Up Guardian Survey Report 2020

The National Guardian's Office will be publishing a report analysing the results of its annual survey of Freedom to Speak Guardians on 10th March 2021.

Manager listening to team member speaking up
News & Press / Press release / January 26, 2021

National Guardian’s Office launches Listen Up training for all managers

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
Announcement /

Guardian recognised in New Year’s Honours List for services to the NHS during the COVID-19 response

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 News with FTSU tree
News & Press / December 17, 2020

Freedom to Speak Up News – December 2020

Download the December edition of Freedom to Speak Up News, with updates from the National Guardian’s Office, news stories and case studies.

Speak Up Tree
Press release / December 10, 2020

Record number of cases brought to Freedom to Speak Up Guardians

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.

Announcement / News & Press / December 1, 2020

New case review process to launch next year

The National Guardian’s Office (NGO) carries out case reviews to identify learning and support improvements in the speaking up culture and arrangements in NHS trusts.

Announcement / Media statement / News & Press / Press release / November 5, 2020

Leaders must encourage workers to continue to speak up as the NHS returns to high risk level

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.

Two healthcare workers with a rainbow
News & Press / Press release / October 27, 2020

Freedom to Speak Up training for all workers launched

‘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
News & Press / Press release / October 10, 2020

Guardian recognised for work on speaking up with MBE

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).

Announcement / October 1, 2020

National Guardian’s Office: New phone line

We’re pleased to announce that, from today (1 October 2020), the NGO has its own phone line, which will be available for everyone to use if they need to speak directly with the office.