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.

Freedom to Speak Up guardians are continuing to support workers in the midst of this crisis to ensure that their voices are listened to and responded to.

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, and the results are published here

The survey showed that speaking up is continuing during the pandemic, and that Freedom to Speak Up guardians are adapting as a result of illness, redeployment, or social distancing. It therefore remains imperative that leaders support their Freedom to Speak Up guardians during this period of challenge and uncertainty.

The National Guardian, Dr Henrietta Hughes OBE shared these responses with Nadine Dorries MP, Under-Secretary of State for Patient Safety.

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

Read the report

April 16, 2020