Case study / May 14, 2020

100 Voices: Responding to an anonymous case

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.

News story / May 14, 2020

Results of second Pulse survey – Supporting Freedom to Speak Up during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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.

Video / May 12, 2020

National Guardian’s Office is Still Listening

In these difficult circumstances, the National Guardian's Office would like to thank Freedom to Speak Up guardians for all they are doing to support workers.

Announcement / April 30, 2020

NGO: Next steps – Priorities 2020-2021

In response to feedback from the Freedom to Speak Up guardian network, the National Guardian’s Office has published a report, outlining how these suggestions for improvement have influenced the NGO’s priorities for the coming year.

Announcement / April 23, 2020

Safety and speaking up during the COVID-19 emergency

Dr Henrietta Hughes issues a joint statement with the CQC Chief Inspectors to all providers of health and adult social care

News story / April 16, 2020

Supporting Freedom to Speak Up during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented challenge to the health and care sector, putting enormous pressure on workers.

To understand how Freedom to Speak Up is being supported, the National Guardian’s Office undertook a pulse survey of the guardian network. A third of guardians on our directory responded.

Case study / April 14, 2020

100 Voices: Working with Temporary Workers

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust value of respect informs their core purpose: to deliver excellent and responsive assessment, treatment and care.

A member of support staff spoke up to Lynn Richardson, Freedom to Speak Up Guardian, about some temporary
workers who were not exhibiting the trust’s values.

Case study / April 2, 2020

100 Voices: Patient Safety Protected

At Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Trust, a case came to light of a clinician who spoke to a colleague regarding a senior member of staff working in an inpatient unit. Their colleague recommended that they raise this with the trust’s Freedom to Speak Up Guardian.

Announcement / March 26, 2020

COVID-19 and Freedom to Speak Up

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.

Case study / March 18, 2020

100 Voices: A Toxic Culture Confronted

A worker spoke up about a bullying and harassment culture in a department which had become culturally toxic.