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.

Announcement / March 18, 2020

Update: Contacting the National Guardian’s Office

The National Guardian’s Office is currently working remotely and as a result are not be able to answer any phone calls.

Press release / March 17, 2020

Health leaders urged to support workers to speak up

The National Guardian’s Office Annual Report, published today (Tuesday 17 March), reveals that more NHS workers are speaking up, but that leaders must do more to foster a positive speaking up culture in our NHS.

Dr Henrietta Hughes OBE, National Guardian for the NHS, said, “The introduction of Freedom to Speak Up Guardians has provided NHS workers with greater opportunities to speak up about anything that may get in the way of them delivering the best possible care.

Announcement / March 12, 2020

Regional Integration Events and Covid-19

In light of public health concerns, we have decided to change the remaining three scheduled Regional Integration and Development Events to online webinars.

Case study / February 20, 2020

Promoting Freedom to Speak Up Through a Communications Campaign

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust relaunched Freedom to Speak Up with an extensive media campaign after Jenny Michael was appointed in 2018. Increasing awareness of the Freedom to Speak Up route has prompted a considerable rise in speaking up cases.

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News story / February 14, 2020

Freedom to Speak Up News – February 2020

Download the February edition of Freedom to Speak Up News, featuring updates from the National Guardian's Office, news stories and case studies.

News & Press / Press release / February 6, 2020

Freedom to Speak Up Index republished

The National Guardian’s Office today (6 February 2020) republishes the 2019 Freedom to Speak Up Index report.

Announcement / January 31, 2020

Anonymous report of barriers to speaking up in an NHS trust in North West region

The National Guardian's Office has recently received an anonymous letter from a worker at a hospital trust in the North-West of England.

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Press release / January 30, 2020

Report reveals the impact of Freedom to Speak Up

A new report published by the National Guardian’s Office reveals that the perception of the speaking up culture in health is improving.