EEAST is supporting Speak Up Month this October

Date: 12 October 2019

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People can sometimes find it difficult to speak up about issues. They may not know who to speak to. They may feel that anything they do raise will not be taken seriously and nothing will be done as a result.

It is important to break down barriers and remove obstacles that prevent or dissuade workers from speaking up. By speaking up, workers can help organisations affect change and embed learning.

Freedom to Speak Up (FTSU) Guardians have been in post in all NHS and Foundation trusts in England for a number of years now and more and more are taking up posts in primary care and other healthcare settings. 

 The lead for FTSU within the Trust is Dr Tom Davis, Medical Director. We also have two Freedom to Speak Up Guardians within the Trust, Simon Chase and Anna Price, who are impartial and independent in their role.

Dr Henrietta Hughes, National Guardian for the NHS, said, “It’s so important that when workers want to speak up that they can do this in a supportive environment. Thanking staff and listening and acting on the issues raised allows organisations to improve more successfully. Speaking up can really make difference.”

October is Speak Up Month, which means organisations throughout England will be making a special effort to raise awareness of speaking up and their willingness to listen to workers. Last year over 100 events took place with other activity including short films, podcasts, blogs and work with local media.

Dorothy Hosein, Interim Chief Executive said: “It’s extremely important to the Trust that our staff and volunteers feel comfortable to come forward with any concerns they have and our Freedom to Speak Up Guardians play an incredibly important role in helping us to provide an open and supportive environment.

“We are proud to be supporting Speak Up Month this October and welcome the opportunity to raise awareness of the essential ‘Freedom to Speak Up’ initiative.” 

You can keep track of what is going on via the Twitter hashtag #speakuptome

  • Summary:

    People can sometimes find it difficult to speak up about issues. They may not know who to speak to. They may feel that anything they do raise will not be taken seriously and nothing will be done as a result.