The 'Speaking Up' Charter launch signifies partnership working


15 / 8 / 2012

The 'Speaking Up' charter, launched on 15 October, recognises that in order to enable a cultural shift in the NHS, it is vital that leadership comes from national organisations. The organisations signed up to this charter reflect the separate but linked responsibilities for key aspects of the provision and regulation of care, or for supporting members to provide high quality, safe care. 

The commitment

'Speaking Up' is the first charter which outlines a commitment by the NHS Employers organisation, regulators, professional regulatory bodies, health unions, and professional associations to work effectively together to tackle the barriers which prevent staff from reporting concerns about safety or other issues early on. 

List of organisations who have pledged their support of the charter:

  • Academy of Medical Royal Colleges
  • British Association of Occupational Therapists 
  • British Dental Association
  • British Dietetic Association
  • British Medical Association
  • British Orthoptic Society 
  • Care Quality Commission
  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
  • Federation of Clinical Scientists 
  • General Dental Council
  • General Medical Council
  • General Municipal & Boilermakers
  • General Optical Council  
  • General Osteopathic Council
  • General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Health & Care Professions Council
  • Hospital Consultants & Specialists Association 
  • Managers in Partnership  
  • NHS Employers 
  • Nursing & Midwifery Council
  • Royal College of Midwives 
  • Royal Mencap Society
  • Royal College of Nursing 
  • Royal Pharmaceutical Society
  • Society of Chiropodists & Podiatrists 
  • Society of Radiographers
  • Unite

The charter is also supported by the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence, Monitor and National Voices. 

Find out more about the principles of the charter.

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