We're supporting Speak Up Month this October: a national
campaign by the National Guardian’s Office
(NGO), which calls on NHS organisations to increase awareness of how
staff can raise concerns at work.
NHS trust in England has a freedom to speak up guardian who can help staff to
speak up. Last year, over 6,700 cases were raised to guardians.
Campaign resources are available from the NGO to
help NHS organisations raise awareness of speaking up. Staff can also find out
who their organisation’s guardian is on the NGO website.
have several related resources available, including a case study about the work of
Lisa Smith, a freedom to speak up guardian at York Teaching Hospital
NHS Foundation Trust, and a case study from East
Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust on how it has improved its
organisational culture for speaking up.
managers’ toolkit from the 2017 Draw the Line campaign also
includes support to enable open conversations about raising concerns.
Over 100 events will take place across England during
Speak Up Month, including a
national event held by the NGO at the House of Commons on 16 October. Look out
for events near you and follow the campaign on twitter through the hashtag