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Speak Up Month

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October is Speak up Month.

As an NHS worker:

Do you know who you can speak up to in your organisation?

Have you heard of your Freedom to Speak Up Guardian?

Do you have confidence that speaking up will make a difference where you work?

Tell us your thoughts and experiences by submitting an idea below.

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I work in a Trust where the Speak up Guardian is a nominal part time post, designed for someone who will follow the rules of the Trust and someone who wont rock the boat.  They recently advertised for a new Speak up Guardian and it appeared to be that the most important criteria for getting the job was to be able to produce suitable reports for the Board.  This is not how it should be. It should be someone who is not governed by the Trust they work for, but someone who is totally...

Morganth
by Morganth
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Morganth

Working in Emergency Care, there are examples where speaking up remains a high risk strategy and even when one does speak up people don't want to listen or only hear what they want to hear. We all know that one of the key components of high quality compassionate urgent and emergency care in hospitals is good flow throughout organisations and systems.  We appreciate it is anecdotal but we have heard of instances where despite repeated escalations of issues through an organisations of how...

RCEM SWPC Chair
by RCEM SWPC Chair
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RCEM SWPC Chair

I think there needs to be an interim step as well as guardians.  Everyone should have 1 hour mandatory training on being a freedom to speak up champion. This can be done on-line or in a workshop and all new starters should have it as well as a 3 month window for everyone else.  I would suggest this will enable and empower staff to speak up more as gives a sense of everyone being the same.  In addition, it could help with culture change of the middle who are still a bit risk averse and...

Debra Wilis
by Debra Wilis
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Debra Wilis

The NHS has an ingrained historic aversion to raising concerns. Staff need to be able to raise questions and discuss concerns in the knowledge that it is being done confidentially and will never be traced to them by those affected by it. Named champions within an organisation are still employees that can affect careers. The NHS has a dedicated and independent fraud service; perhaps a similar approach to speaking up / whistle-blowing / safeguarding would help...

Philip (Pip) Tomalin
by Philip (Pip) Tomalin
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Philip (Pip) Tomalin

Mr. Hancock  we need to be able to hold our local area C.C.G. FULLY to account when they do not reply to our area concerns on any N.H.S. matter --Need them to come clean when they inplument a project that fails us in that perticular area we live in---Has it stands now they just say we are looking into the matter then NOTHING eles done they also do not reply to us resident ,they just go into deniyel i have  had this personaly  happen to me over my  local area G.P. serves that was a mess...

Roy Jenkins
by Roy Jenkins
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Roy Jenkins

Its tricky some things are easier to talk about than others, and it depends where in the organisation your dealing with, let alone the team dynamics with the characters in posts. As a nurse and practitioner I found it more straight-forward, to talk a practice issue there is often an evidence base to refer to, there are several professionals in a team to share with, seek their support/opinion or options of how to take an issue forward. Its the issues of when working as an SI investigator...

Jacqui
by Jacqui
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WorkInConfidence is an anonymised staff-engagement platform that is already in NHS Trusts, making it easier for staff to speak up, and for Trust managers to interact with their staff on a range of issues. https://www.workinconfidence.com/

Andrew Ottaway
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Andrew Ottaway
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