NHS Standard Contract consultation - new requirement to have a FTSU guardian

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24 / 2 / 2016 10.19am

NHS England has this week launched its yearly consultation on the NHS Standard Contract, which for the first time includes a requirement for each NHS provider to nominate a Freedom to Speak Up (FTSU) Guardian. 

What this means for employers

The NHS Standard Contract is mandated by NHS England for use by commissioners for all NHS funded healthcare service contracts, other than in primary care. Following the government's Learning not blaming report, NHS England have decided to include this new requirement, which can be found on page five of the consultation under GC5 staff, point 5.8:

The provider must nominate a Freedom To Speak Up Guardian. The provider must have in place and promote (and must ensure that all sub-contractors have in place and promote) a code and effective procedures to ensure that staff have appropriate means through which they may raise any concerns they may have in relation to the services. The provider must ensure that nothing in any contract of employment, or contract for services or any other agreement entered into by it or any sub-contractor, with any member of staff, will prevent or inhibit, or purport to prevent or inhibit, the making of any protected disclosure (as defined in the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998) by that member of staff, nor affect the rights of that member of staff under that act.


To support employers, NHS England are offering a series of half day workshops in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds from the 8-15 March 2016. You can find out more on the NHS England events webpage. Registration for these will run until the sessions are fully booked. 

Have your say

Comments on the draft contract should be sent to england.contractsengagement@nhs.net no later than 16 March 2016.

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