Freedom to speak up guardians - put your organisation on the map

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09 / 10 / 2015 10am

Does your organisation have a Freedom to Speak Up (FTSU) guardian or equivalent? If so, we want to hear from you.

Employers are now faced with employing a Freedom to Speak Up guardian, responsible for championing and supporting staff to effectively raise concerns. We want to make it as easy as possible to identify those who are already in post, paving the way for roles which are integral to ensuring an open and honest reporting culture.

Our new guardian map is designed to raise awareness of guardians throughout the country, organisational commitment to improving raising concerns and help demonstrate the difference these roles are making to staff in relation to an open and honest reporting culture.

Benefits of being on the map

In July 2015, the Department of Health published its Learning not blaming report which encouraged organisations to appoint local guardians in the absence of any guidance.  We know from our extensive engagement with employers that some organisations have already taken this step and have effective guardians in place. This is already leading to a shift in culture where staff feel confident and supported to raise a public interest concern. 

If you are one of these organisations, we encourage you to share the details as this will help:

  • demonstrate the progress organisations are making locally in meeting the recommendations from FTSU
  • raise awareness and the profile of your guardian and the guardian service within your trust
  • help to demonstrate the impact the role is making locally
  • provide a source of contact for organisations who need some support to recruit to their post
  • share any learning you have developed with NHS Employers
  • help improve your social media activity relating to raising concerns
  • encourage other organisations to get on the map.

Getting on the map

The map will be live by the end of November, if you would like to be featured please send the following information to raisingconcerns@nhsemployers.org

  • name, job title and email address
  • organisation name, postcode and region
  • social media account details (Twitter, LinkedIn)
  • an image of the guardian.
Further information

Details about Freedom to Speak Up, including a link to the Learning not blaming report can be found in our Freedom to speak up, policy, legislation and guidance web pages.  Additional raising concerns guidance can be found in our Raising concerns at work (whistleblowing) web page. 

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