Francis review - Freedom to speak up

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10 / 9 / 2014 12.30pm

Following the tradition set over recent years of writing these updates, I want to make sure we keep giving you timely information that lets you know about news and announcements and helps you to brief your colleagues and your board members.

Today, Sir Robert Francis' 'Freedom to speak up' review into raising concerns in the NHS, closes to written submissions. We have been working with employers through our networks and members from the NHS Confederation and Foundation Trust Network to prepare a submission that highlights examples of local activity, thoughts you've shared with us on particular issues and that suggests some recommendations for consideration.

Further information, the key messages and recommendations, as well as our full submission, are available on the NHS Employers website.

If you want to share your organisation's work on shaping culture and any specific activity you have been undertaking on raising concerns, then you can still submit by email to by the end of today.

Next steps for review

We are expecting Sir Robert and the review team to report in November 2014 and I will keep you posted on any further developments.

Keep in touch with us

It is important that as the employers' organisation we continue to represent you and reflect the great work you're doing through our website, in articles, blogs and in the media.

We have a joint piece featuring in the HSJ tomorrow calling for support and encouragement, not fear and intimidation, when it comes to raising concerns. Please do look out for that on the HSJ website.

And even though the external review has closed we'd like to continue the conversations with you, to help us share learning and ideas across organisations.

I hope you've found this update useful. Your feedback is always welcome - you can contact me about this or other workforce issues via

Best wishes
Sue Covill

Director of Employment Services, NHS Employers

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