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.

There are nearly 700 Freedom to Speak Up Guardians in the 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

To get our Freedom to Speak Up app, go the App or Google Play store on your phone.