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