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Speaking up data results from quarter 2 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 second quarter of 2017/18 (July – September). The latest results are set out in the attached table and reveal that over 90 per cent of trusts have provided data this quarter, up from 62 per cent for the first quarter (April – June).

 

Dr Henrietta Hughes, National Guardian for the NHS, said:

‘I am delighted that so many of the Freedom to Speak Up Guardians have shared data about the numbers of concerns raised with them in their trusts.

‘Many factors play into speaking up activity, no firm conclusions can be drawn by analysing numbers alone. I would caution against making direct comparisons between organisations, even where they are of similar sizes and provide the same types of services.

‘I do however appreciate that some trusts will make some comparisons and I hope that publishing the data in this way will help them promote the importance of speaking up.

As with the data published for Q1 2017/18 (April – June), there will be other cases raised through existing local processes or other channels so please note the results do not reflect all cases of speaking up in individual organisations. The tables below only reflect cases raised through the Freedom to Speak Up Guardian at each trust.

Q2 data headlines

  • 1,611 cases were raised to Freedom to Speak Up Guardians / ambassadors / champions.
  • 551 of these cases included an element of patient safety / quality of care.
  • 733 included elements of bullying and harassment.
  • 75 related to incidents where the person speaking up may have suffered some form of detriment.
  • 365 anonymous cases were received.
  • 23 trusts did not receive any cases through their Freedom to Speak Up Guardian.
  • 210 of the 233 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

31%

Allied Health Professionals

15%

Administrative / Clerical workers

17%

Healthcare Assistants

6%

Doctors

6%

Other*

11%

Corporate Service Staff

6%

Cleaning/catering/maintenance/ancillary staff

4%

Midwives

2%

Board members

<0.5%

Dentists

<0.5%

*includes health visitors, union reps and anonymous reports

Picture to date

Combining the Q1 and Q2 figures:

  • 2,735 cases were raised to Freedom to Speak Up Guardians / ambassadors / champions.
  • 923 of these cases included an element of patient safety / quality of care.
  • 1,143 included elements of bullying and harassment.
  • 160 related to incidents where the person speaking up may have suffered some form of detriment.
  • 557 anonymous cases were received.
Last updated:
6 December 2017

 


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