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Speaking up data results from quarter 3 2017/18

Introduction

The National Guardian’s Office asked Freedom to Speak Up Guardians in all trusts and foundation trusts for information on Freedom to Speak Up cases raised with them in the third quarter of 2017/18 ( 1 October - 31 December). The latest results are set out in the attached table and reveal that 92 per cent of trusts have provided data this quarter.

Q3 data headlines

  • 1,919 cases were raised to Freedom to Speak Up Guardians / ambassadors / champions.
  • 598 of these cases included an element of patient safety / quality of care.
  • 899 included elements of bullying and harassment.
  • 103 related to incidents where the person speaking up may have suffered some form of detriment.
  • 336 anonymous cases were received.
  • 22 trusts did not receive any cases through their Freedom to Speak Up Guardian.
  • 214 of the 232 NHS trusts listed in our directory sent returns.

Who is speaking up?

Based on the information provided, most cases were received from nurses:

Profession

% Recorded

Nurses

28%

Allied Health Professionals

13%

Administrative / Clerical workers

17%

Healthcare Assistants

5%

Doctors

6%

Other*

10%

Corporate Service Staff

4%

Cleaning/catering/maintenance/ancillary staff

5%

Midwives

2%

Board members

<0.5%

Dentists

<1%

*includes health visitors, union reps and anonymous reports

Picture to date

Combining the Q1, Q2 and Q3 figures:

  • 4,654 cases were raised to Freedom to Speak Up Guardians / ambassadors / champions.
  • 1,521 of these cases included an element of patient safety / quality of care.
  • 2,042 included elements of bullying and harassment.
  • 263 related to incidents where the person speaking up may have suffered some form of detriment.
  • 893 anonymous cases were received.

Speaking up data results from quarter 1 and quarter 2 2017/18:

Last updated:
30 January 2018