CQC creates national guardian role - have your say

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21 / 9 / 2015 2.17pm

We are seeking your views on the establishment of the new national guardian role for the NHS. This will feed into our response to the Care Quality Commission's (CQC) public consultation A National Guardian for the NHS – your say; improvement through openness. 

To ensure we fully represent employers, we are asking you to share your thoughts and comments using the attached template. Please send these to the raising concerns email address by Friday 27 November 2015.  

The establishment of a national guardian for the NHS is designed to provide overarching support to freedom to speak up guardians, helping staff feel empowered and safe in raising public interest concerns.

To find out how the local guardian role is working in Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, visit our case studies and resources section.  

Any employer or staff, including those who have raised a public interest concern, and the public are invited to share their comments to the consultation which is available to download from the CQC's website National Guardian for the NHS – your say; improvement through openness.  The deadline for direct responses to the CQC is 9 December 2015 using their response form.

Further information

In response to concerns about the culture in the NHS, the Secretary of State for Health asked Sir Robert Francis to carry out an independent review: Freedom to Speak Up. The review recommended the creation of a national guardian for the NHS, which will support a network of local freedom to speak up guardians within trusts to help foster a culture of openness in relation to raising concerns. The Department of Health accepted this recommendation and consulted on whether the CQC was an appropriate host for the national guardian. The majority of those who responded were in full support of the CQC hosting this role.

Applications are now being invited for the national guardian role and to help establish it effectively, the CQC are seeking your views. The national guardian will provide an external review of how raising concerns cases are handled locally, where there is cause for concern.  It is not being designed to investigate concerns, but review the process that has been followed. The CQC hopes to appoint by the end of 2015.

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