Freedom to Speak Up: Improving Whistleblowing in Healthcare

Confirmed to Speak:

  • Dr Henrietta Hughes, National Guardian for the NHS
  • Neil Churchill, Director of Patient Experience, NHS England
  • John Short, Chief Executive, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS FT
  • Sonia Pearcey, Ambassador for Cultural Change &  Freedom to Speak Up Guardian, Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust
  • Nigel Leonard, Executive Director, South Essex Partnership University NHS FT
  • Heather Bruce, Freedom to Speak Up Guardian, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS FT
  • Francesca West, Deputy Chief Executive, Public Concern at Work


All NHS Trusts are to have appointed a local Freedom to Speak Up (FTSU) Guardian by October 1st and be embedding the national integrated whistleblowing policy into their approach. New draft guidance has also been published to support whistleblowing in primary care. It is clear the FTSU agenda is rapidly developing, but what progress has been made so far and how can you build on it?

Join this Westminster Briefing event to explore the practical steps you can take to improve whistleblowing practices in your organisation. You will examine how your peers have appointed and developed their FTSU guardians, the role of the National Guardian in your approach, utilising the national guidance, improving culture and installing confidence across your workforce.

Key Issues to be Addressed Include:

  • Updated on progress made nationally on the Freedom to Speak Up agenda
  • Embedding the principals of the national integrated whistleblowing policy
  • Understanding the role of the National Guardian and what it means for your approach
  • Developing the role & skills of your local FTSU Guardian
  • How have other trusts appointed and supported their FTSU Guardians?
  • Effectively supporting staff throughout the process
  • How can Freedom to Speak Up Guardians learn from each other?

The Event:

The morning session will examine the implications of the new national policy, work of the National Guardian, role of Freedom to Speak Up Guardians and how healthcare organisations can bring about the required change of culture.

The afternoon session will focus on the practical steps your healthcare organisation can take to improve your ‘raising concerns’ procedure and effectively support staff in the process. The session will be highly interactive and encourage best practice sharing so that you can develop your approach.

Morning refreshments will be served upon arrival with a networking lunch to follow. Any special needs or dietary requirements should be notified to us upon booking.

Who Should Attend?

Delegates will be drawn from across the health and social care sector, including: NHS managers & dire-tors; HR managers; complaints teams, patient experience & experience officials, corporate affairs and strategy managers, legal experts, staff representatives and unions.

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Thursday 8th December 2016

11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)

Private Sector | 1 Place: £295 | 2+ Places: £245 each
Public Sector & Not for Profit | 1 Place: £235 | 2+ Places:£185 each

Background Quote

"It requires a great deal of courage, honesty, and selflessness to 'blow the whistle'. People should never feel that they are at risk of punishment when advocating better and safer care for patients."

Dr Henrietta Hughes, incoming National Guardian for the NHS, July 2016

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