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.

A third of guardians on our directory responded, and the results are published here.

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.

A higher proportion (87%) of respondents to our Pulse survey reported that speaking up was increasing compared to last month’s survey (72%).

Worker safety and wellbeing continues to be the main issue (83%) which workers are speaking up about (up from 76% last month). This includes issues like PPE, social distancing, risk assessments and the impact of COVID-19 on BAME colleagues.

As the crisis continues, we will continue to carry out pulse surveys regularly, to make sure we understand the impact it is having on speaking up.

We are working closely with partners who are receiving concerns from workers, including regulators, and representative and membership organisations. We will be sharing the results of this survey with our partner organisations, leaders of NHS and foundation trusts and the Department of Health and Social Care.

Read the results of the second Pulse survey

Read the results of the first Pulse survey

May 14, 2020