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Freedom to Speak Up Foundation Training

The National Guardian’s Office is delivering Foundation Training for Freedom to Speak Up Guardians who are new to the role.

All Freedom to Speak Up Guardians are expected to attend Foundation Training. The aims of the workshops are broadly to help you:

  • Understand the background and expectations of the role and its importance in working towards a culture where speaking up is business as usual
  • Understand more about ‘speaking up’ and how best to support the people who come to you
  • Learn and share good practice
  • ‘Buddy up’ with fellow Freedom To Speak Up Guardians

Whilst designed for Freedom to Speak Up Guardians, speak up ambassadors / champions may also find these sessions useful and are welcome to attend.


Friday 20 April 2018

Friday 11 May 2018

Session times: Registration: 09.30, Start: 10.00, Finish: 16.00

If you register for a workshop but cannot attend please notify us at as soon as possible so that your place can be re-allocated.

7 February 2018

Anonymous report of barriers to speaking up in a Greater London hospital trust

The National Guardian's Office has recently received an anonymous letter from a group of consultants at a hospital trust in Greater London. The letter concerns reports of bullying and intimidation at the trust, and failure to adhere to the trust's speaking up policy.

We would like to thank the individuals who have brought this to our attention. We understand that regulators intend to take action to look into these issues. If anyone involved wishes to submit a case for this office to review, we would encourage them to do so. Details of our case review process can be found here.

Government to extend protections for NHS whistleblowers

NHS whistleblowers will be better protected by new rules that prohibit discrimination against them if they seek re-employment in the NHS.

On Monday the Department of Health published, and launched a consultation closing on 12 May 2017 on draft regulations to protect whistleblowers seeking jobs in the NHS.

The plans will prohibit discrimination against whistleblowers when they apply for jobs with NHS employers, strengthen the legal recourse they can access if they believe they have been discriminated against because it appears they have blown the whistle - with appropriate remedies if their complaint is upheld.

The published consultation includes draft regulations that aim to:

  • Give the applicant a right to complain to an employment tribunal if they have been discriminated against because it appears they have previously blown the whistle.
  • Set out a timeframe in which a complaint to the tribunal must be lodged.
  • Set out the remedies which the tribunal may or must award if a complaint is upheld.
  • Make provision as to the amount of compensation that can be awarded.
  • Give the applicant a right to bring a claim in the County Court or the High Court for breach of statutory duty in order to, amongst other things, restrain or prevent discriminatory conduct.
  • Treat discrimination of an applicant by a worker or agent of the prospective employer (NHS body), as if it was discrimination by the NHS body itself.

This consultation aims to address this discrimination and provides the Secretary of State with a power, through regulations, to prohibit certain NHS public bodies from discriminating against an applicant because it appears to the NHS employer that the applicant has previously made a protected disclosure under the Employment Rights Act 1996.

Since the tragic events of Mid Staffs we have made considerable progress to making the NHS the safest healthcare system in the world including appointing a National Guardian and making sure every NHS organisation has a Freedom to Speak Up Guardian.

Last updated:
20 March 2018