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Freedom to Speak Up Guardian Service

Publication date: October 2020

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Missed our October Speak Up Month 2021?

View our video clips and listen to our inspirational tunes shared throughout October here:


Week one - What do we care about as individuals and what is speaking up?

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

Why Speaking Up Matters - NGO


Week Two - Getting ourselves and others involved in speaking up to make a change.

Song 2: John Farnham – You’re the Voice

Get involved in the process of Speaking Up


Week Three - Find your own voice and show courage by speaking up.

Insight into Speaking Up

Song 3: Sara Bareilles – Brave


Week Four - Take action


You have a voice

Song 4: Elvis Presley – If I Can Dream


The National Guardian Office recorded some webinars during Speak Up Month.  Watch here:

Speak Up, Listen Up, Follow Up was chaired by Mark Chambers of the Institute of Business Ethics. He was in conversation with Katy Steward (NHS E/I), Helen Smith (HSBC) and Sara Weller (BT) to discuss what a speaking up culture means.

Maria Caulfield, Minister for Patient Safety and Primary Care, explained why it is essential that we all Speak Up, Listen Up and Follow Up to help improve our health and social care services.

Amanda Pritchard , Chief Executive of NHS E/I made a pledge: to welcome concerns when they are brought to her attention.

Prerena Issar, Chief People Officer at NHS E/I and Executive Lead for external Freedom to Speak Up, also made her pledge: to spend more time listening to and speaking with Freedom to Speak Up Guardians.

Dr Navina Evans, Chief Executive of Health Education England, shared how Freedom to Speak Up is making a real difference .


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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