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Freedom to Speak Up

Freedom to Speak up Guardians have been appointed throughout the NHS and have a key role in helping to raise the profile of raising concerns in their organisations. They provide confidential advice and support to staff.

As of October 2022, there are 857 Freedom to Speak Up Guardians in the 541 NHS and independent sector organisations, national bodies and elsewhere.

At UHCW NHS a Freedom to Speak up Guardian is supported by Freedom to Speak Up Ambassadors to provide support, discuss options and signpost staff in the right direction to get any concerns resolved. 

Issues covered by the Freedom to Speak Up Programme include:

  • Unacceptable healthcare practice
  • Corruption
  • Dishonesty
  • Fraud or financial irregularity
  • Bullying
  • Misreporting performance data
  • Offering or taking bribes
  • Criminal Activity
  • Endangering the health and safety of an individual(s)
  • Malpractice in the workplace
  • Deliberate concealment or destruction of any information relating to a concern


Freedom to Speak Up App

Our SpeakUp app is an easy way to raise the types of concerns listed above and it is available to all employees of UHCW NHS Trust. Click here to access the App Store (for iPhone users) or Google Play Store (for Android users) on your phone.

To get the passcode for the app, please contact our Freedom To Speak Up Guardian, Lorna Shaw, on 02476 964506.

If you are a patient or member of the public, please click here to see what options of raising a concern are available to you.