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Speaking up data results from quarter 4 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 fourth quarter of 2017/18 ( 1 January - 31 March). The latest results are set out in the attached table and reveal that 96 per cent of trusts have provided data this quarter.

Q4 data headlines

  • 2,114 cases were raised to Freedom to Speak Up Guardians / ambassadors / champions.
  • 642 of these cases included an element of patient safety / quality of care.
  • 1,027 included elements of bullying and harassment.
  • 93 related to incidents where the person speaking up may have suffered some form of detriment.
  • 366 anonymous cases were received.
  • 16 trusts did not receive any cases through their Freedom to Speak Up Guardian.
  • 222 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

33.9%

Allied Health Professionals

10.7%

Administrative / Clerical workers

15.9%

Healthcare Assistants

7.8%

Doctors

6.8%

Other*

10.5%

Corporate Service Staff

5.5%

Cleaning/catering/maintenance/ancillary staff

4.4%

Midwives

2.7%

Board members

0.1%

Dentists

0.1%

*includes health visitors, union reps and anonymous reports

Picture to date

Combining the Q1, Q2, Q3 and Q4 figures:

  • 6,768 cases were raised to Freedom to Speak Up Guardians / ambassadors / champions.
  • 2,163 of these cases included an element of patient safety / quality of care.
  • 3,069 included elements of bullying and harassment.
  • 356 related to incidents where the person speaking up may have suffered some form of detriment.
  • 1,259 anonymous cases were received.

Speaking up data results from quarter 1, quarter 2 and quarter 3 2017/18:

Last updated:
30 April 2018