Speak Up Month is the highlight of our calendar - a chance to raise awareness of Freedom to Speak Up and the work which you, as guardians, are doing in your organisations to make speaking up business as usual.
This October’s Speak Up Month will be a real celebration of Freedom to Speak Up and all that has been achieved by you and the network in working towards making speaking up business as usual.
We talk to Sam Bereket, Intelligence and Case Review Manager at the NGO about how the National Guardian's Office uses data submitted by Freedom to Speak Up Guardians, and to Phil Gordon, Freedom to Speak Up Guardian at two North-West Trusts, about how he uses the data collated by the NGO in his organisation.
The National Guardian’s Office has undertaken its third survey in a series of pulse surveys to better understand the impact that COVID-19 is having on Freedom to Speak Up.
Workers continued to be encouraged to speak up. Ninety-three per cent (93%) of respondents to this survey believe workers were being encouraged to speak up – up from 72% in April.
Dr Henrietta Hughes has sent a joint letter with the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standards (WRES) Team urging leaders in health to assure themselves that all workers feel free to speak up within their organisations, especially given the impact of COVID-19 on BAME workers.
Actions taken at Whittington Health NHS Trust to improve the experience and confidence of workers to speak up
The latest case review by the National Guardian’s Office (NGO) has outlined a variety of processes addressed by Whittington Health NHS Trust to foster an environment in which workers are encouraged to speak up and to show the organisation is listening and acting.
The impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable colleagues is a speaking up matter.
According to our Pulse survey of Freedom to Speak Up guardians, 38% of respondents cite matters being brought to them about assessment of workers at increased risk, with 22% specifically citing the impact of COVID-19 on BAME workers.
In this article several guardians share some of the ways they and their organisations have been seeking to engage with vulnerable groups to encourage them to speak up.
Today, the National Guardian’s Office publishes three Regional Integration Plans for the North West, North East and Yorkshire, and South West of England.
These Regional Integration Plans support the development of a fully integrated approach to making speaking up business as usual across the patient pathway.
At the Salford Care Organisation, part of the Northern Care Alliance, a worker sent an anonymous email to the Freedom to Speak Up Guardian about the behaviour of an individual during recruitment. They believed the individual had not followed due process related to the recruitment of internal candidates.
The National Guardian’s Office has undertaken a second Pulse survey to measure the impact which COVID-19 is having on Freedom to Speak Up.
An increasing number of workers are speaking up to their Freedom to Speak Up guardians during this crisis – it’s vital that their voices are listened to and responded to.