Have your say on the Freedom to Speak Up recommendations, principles and actions 

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23 / 4 / 2015 11.54am

The Department of Health is currently consulting on a package of measures to implement the recommendations identified from Sir Robert Francis' Freedom to Speak Up report.

Published in February 2015, the report contains two high level recommendations designed to foster an open and transparent culture in the NHS, which the Secretary of State accepts in principle. 

To support employers, the consultation seeks views on the implementation of the recommendations, in particular how they can be taken forward locally in an effective, proportionate and affordable way.

What this means for employers

NHS healthcare providers, national regulators and oversight bodies are encouraged to begin implementing recommendations where possible and, where further consideration is needed, are encouraged to contribute to the consultation.

Have your say

If you'd like us to represent your views in our response, please email nyla.cooper@nhsemployers.org before Friday 22 May 2015.  In particular, we'd be interested to receive your views on the following questions:

  • How should the twenty principles and associated actions set out in the Freedom to Speak Up (FTSU) report be implemented in an effective, proportionate and affordable way, within local NHS healthcare providers?  
  • Do you have any opinions on the appropriate approach to the new local FTSU Guardian role?  
  • How should NHS organisations establish the local FTSU Guardian role in an effective, proportionate and affordable manner? 
  • What are your views on how training of the local FTSU Guardian role should be taken forward to ensure consistency across NHS organisations?
  • Should the local FTSU Guardian report directly to the independent national officer or the chief executive of the NHS organisation that they work for?
  • What is your view on what the local FTSU Guardian should be called?
  • Do you agree that the Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the right national body to host the new role of independent national officer, whose functions are set out in principle 15 of the FTSU report report?

NHS Employers will be providing a collective response on behalf of employers to the Department of Health consultation. You can find more information about the review and Sir Robert's report on the raising concerns at work section of our website. 

Alternatively, we would encourage employers to submit a response directly to the Department of Health using their online survey which can be found on the GOV.UK website by no later than 4 June 2015.



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