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Freedom to Speak Up Guardian Service

Publication date: October 2020

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Speak Up Month 2021 

Here at Humberside LMCs we will be sharing some short video clips and songs throughout October to celebrate Speak Up Month. 

Look out on our Twitter feed and here on this page, then take some time on your coffee break to think about the messages we share. 

“We really want to capture people’s attention this year with something uplifting, thought-provoking and inspiring”
Amy Stathers, Freedom To Speak Up Guardian, Humberside LMCs
 

Welcome to week one of Speak Up Month 2021

This week we are asking - What do we care about as individuals and what is speaking up?

Follow our Speak Up Month songs and video clips @HumbersideLMC #SpeakUpListenUpFollowUp and visit this page for more information and reflection.

 

In this first of 4 songs for Speak Up Month 2021 black lives, racism and colour is raised.  For more information on these topics see our Black History Month pages for October.

But Speaking Up is about many more things too.  Here are just a few words that describe what speaking up means…

 

Accountability

Courage

Impartiality

Barriers

Confidentiality

Listening

Openness

Communication

You

Transparency

Values

Authenticity

Trust

Understanding

Ambassadors

Wellbeing

Workers

 

Detriment

Loyalty

Champions

Learning

Zero Tollerance

 

Song 1: Black Eyed Peas – Where is the Love?

Placed at no. 1 in the UK singles chart in 2003.

Where is the Love is a protest song in its lyrics. Initially intended as a vessel to post-9/11 anxiety, the song discusses the many issues that the 9/11 attacks touched, which include, but are not limited to, terrorism, US government hypocrisy, racism, gang crime, pollution, war and intolerance, with the call for love in the chorus as the element tying these together.

The song features vocals from Justin Timberlake, though he’s not featured in the video as he was promoting his own album at the time.

Listen and consider…

The song states that we only have one world. 

What are the issues you’d like to address in yours? 

If your working world was ideal, what would that look like?

 

Lyrics

What's wrong with the world, Mama?
People livin' like they ain't got no mamas
I think the whole world's addicted to the drama
Only attracted to things that'll bring you trauma
Overseas, yeah, we tryna stop terrorism
But we still got terrorists here livin'
In the USA, the big CIA
The Bloods and the Crips and the KKK
But if you only have love for your own race
Then you only leave space to discriminate
And to discriminate only generates hate
And when you hate, then you're bound to get irate
Madness is what you demonstrate
And that's exactly how anger works and operates
Man, you gotta have love just to set it straight
Take control of your mind and meditate
Let your soul gravitate to the love, y'all, y'all

People killin', people dyin'
Children hurtin', hear them cryin'
Can you practice what you preach?
Or would you turn the other cheek?
Father, father, father, help us
Send some guidance from above
'Cause people got me, got me questioning
Where is the love?

It just ain't the same, old ways have changed
New days are strange, is the world insane?
If love and peace is so strong
Why are there pieces of love that don't belong?
Nations droppin' bombs
Chemical gases filling lungs of little ones
With ongoing sufferin' as the youth die young
So ask yourself, is the lovin' really gone?
So I can ask myself, really, what is going wrong
With this world that we livin' in? People keep on givin' in
Makin' wrong decisions, only visions of them dividends
Not respectin' each other, deny thy brother
A war is goin' on, but the reason's undercover
The truth is kept secret, and swept under the rug
If you never know truth, then you never know love
Where's the love, y'all? Come on (I don't know)
And where's the truth, y'all? Come on (I don't know)
And where's the love y'all?

People killin', people dyin'
Children hurtin', hear them cryin'
Can you practice what you preach?
Or would you turn the other cheek?
Father, father, father, help us
Send some guidance from above
'Cause people got me, got me questioning
Where is the love?

I feel the weight of the world on my shoulder
As I'm gettin' older, y'all people gets colder
Most of us only care about money-makin'
Selfishness got us followin' the wrong direction
Wrong information always shown by the media
Negative images is the main criteria
Infecting the young minds faster than bacteria
Kids wanna act like what they see in the cinema
Yo, whatever happened to the values of humanity?
Whatever happened to the fairness and equality?
Instead of spreading love, we spreading animosity
Lack of understanding leading us away from unity
That's the reason why sometimes I'm feelin' under
That's the reason why sometimes I'm feelin' down
It's no wonder why sometimes I'm feelin' under
Gotta keep my faith alive 'til love is found
Now ask yourself

Where is the love?
Father, father, father, help us
Send some guidance from above
'Cause people got me, got me questioning
Where is the love?

Now sing with me, y'all (One world, one world)
We only got (One world, one world)
That's all we got (One world, one world)
And something's wrong with it (Yeah)
Something's wrong with it (Yeah)
Something's wrong with the w-world, world, yeah
We only got (One world, one world)
That's all we got (One world, one world)

 

Week one - Why speaking up matters

Listen to some people who have spoken up in their organisations in this video from the National Guardians Office and find out why it is so important that we all make speaking up business as usual.

Why Speaking Up Matters - NGO

 

Welcome to week two of Speak Up Month 2021

This week we’re thinking about getting ourselves and others involved in speaking up to make a change.

Song 2: John Farnham – You’re the Voice

Placed at chart no.1 in Australia in 1986 and won the ARIA Award for Single of the Year.

Written in the UK inspired by a protest march for nuclear disarmament that took place in London's Hyde Park on 25 October 1985.  “It's an anti-war song in a way, but it was more of a 'make your voice heard' kind of thing, wake up to your own power”. Keith Reid, songwriter

This song contains one of the most famous bagpipe solos ever recorded (go ahead, name another bagpipe solo).

Listen and consider…

If you had the chance to start a clean page in your organisation, what would you write?

Who could stand with you in your team to make things better?

 

Lyrics

We have the chance to turn the pages over
We can write what we want to write
We gotta make ends meet, before we get much older

We're all someone's daughter
We're all someone's son
How long can we look at each other
Down the barrel of a gun?

You're the voice, try and understand it
Make a noise and make it clear
We're not gonna sit in silence
We're not gonna live with fear

This time, we know we all can stand together
With the power to be powerful
Believing we can make it better
We're all someone's daughter
We're all someone's son
How long can we look at each other
Down the barrel of a gun?

You're the voice, try and understand it
Make a noise and make it clear
We're not gonna sit in silence
We're not gonna live with fear


We're all someone's daughter
We're all someone's son
How long can we look at each other
Down the barrel of a gun?

You're the voice, try and understand it
Make a noise and make it clear
We're not gonna sit in silence
We're not gonna live with fear

 

Week two - Get Involved and Speak Up

Watch this week's video clip:

Get involved in the process of Speaking Up

 

The pandemic has highlighted that speaking up has never been more important for the benefit of colleagues and patients. Speak Up Month in October is an opportunity to raise awareness of how much we value speaking up in our organisation.

The theme of this year’s Speak Up Month is Speak Up, Listen Up, Follow Up. To make speaking up business as usual it is essential that when people speak up, they are listened to, and that learning and improvement happens as a result. 

Speaking up is for everyone. 

Everyone is encouraged to Speak Up if something is not quite right or can be improved.

Everyone should Listen Up when someone speaks up to them. When someone speaks up to you, say ‘thank you’, respond appropriately and escalate matters where needed so that the right actions can be taken. 

And leaders should ensure that they Follow Up and use the information and intelligence that speaking up brings for learning and improvement. 

The National Guardian’s Office, in association with Health Education England, has developed an e-learning package which is freely available for anyone wherever they work. You can access it here: https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/freedom-to-speak-up/ 

The first module, Speak Up, available for all workers, describes what speaking up is and why it is important. The second session, Listen Up, is aimed at managers at all levels and focuses on listening and understanding the barriers to speaking up. The final module, Follow Up, aimed at senior leaders – including executive and non-executive directors, lay members and governors – is coming soon.
We would encourage you to complete this e-learning and make a Speak Up Pledge to show how you support speaking up, listening up and following up in your work. 

Making speaking up business as usual will enhance all of our working lives and improve the quality and safety of care.  Listening and acting upon matters raised means that Freedom to Speak Up will help us to be the best place to work. 

Find out more from www.nationalguardian.org.uk. You can get involved with Speak Up Month on Twitter and LinkedIn by using the hashtag #SpeakUpListenUpFollowUp.

 

Our Freedom to Speak Up Guardians

Freedom to Speak Up poster

Humberside LMCs now offer a Freedom to Speak Up Guardian Service to anyone working in primary care in our four CCG areas who wishes to raise a concern. Any members of staff from GP practices can speak up about concerns they have which they feel are not being listened to by their own management reporting. Reasons you may wish to speak up might include if you feel you are being affected by racism or discrimination.

All constituents within the region covered by Humberside LMCs (East Yorkshire, Hull, North Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire) are included in the scope of our new policy to give everyone the confidence to speak up at the earliest possible opportunity, using Humberside LMCs’ Freedom to Speak up Guardians or your own organisational Freedom to Speak up Guardians.

For full details, including how to raise a concern, download our Freedom to Speak Up policy

Download a Freedom to Speak Up Guardian Service poster (pdf) to print and display.

Download the 2021 Freedom To Speak Up Guardian Report here.

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