Update on the national guardian's office

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29 / 4 / 2016 9.54am

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has written to employers, updating them on the progress of the establishment of the national guardian's office and key priorities over the coming months. This includes supporting employers to appoint a local Freedom to Speak Up (FTSU) guardian by 1 October 2016.

The joint letter from David Behan, chief executive and Sir Robert Francis QC, announces the establishment of the function. It currently comprises a small set-up team tasked with prioritising the delivery of an engagement programme and training events for NHS leaders who are responsible for appointing FTSU guardians, and for those already in post. The events will focus on guidance and providing advice about the role, based on the experience of trusts who already have guardians in place.

Recruitment of the national guardian

David and Sir Robert also announced that recruitment of the national guardian is underway with adverts placed in the Guardian, Sunday Times and on the Russell Reynolds Associates website. Interviews are likely to be held in June. When in post, the national guardian will lead the general strategy and functioning of the office.

Future role of the national office

It is expected the office will support local FTSU guardians as well as reviewing the handling of cases. The office will keep employers regularly informed using monthly email communication, via new content on their web pages and announcements regarding engagement events. You can find out more on the national guardians office website

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