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National Guardian

The National Guardian's Office sets out its priorities

CQC and the National Guardian's Office have published a joint response to last year's consultation on how the office should be established and run.

The need for an independent National Guardian for the NHS was highlighted in Sir Robert Franciss Freedom to Speak Up review in February 2015, which found that patients could be put at risk of harm because vital information about mistakes and concerns was not being raised by NHS staff routinely.

New National Guardian role to lead a more ‘open and honest’ NHS so that patients get better and safer care

Applications are being invited for the NHS’s first National Guardian, who will be responsible leading local ambassadors across the country so that staff feel safe to raise concerns and confident that they will be heard.

The new role will be hosted within the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the regulator of health and adult social care in England, working closely with other bodies including, Monitor, the NHS Trust Development Authority and NHS England.