All NHS trusts are required by the NHS standard contract (2016/17) to nominate a Freedom to Speak Up (FTSU) guardian.
The survey finds that a significant amount of progress has already been made, with:
- nearly 9 out of 10 guardians reporting that they are communicating their role internally
- over 8 out of 10 guardians saying they feel supported by their senior management teams and chief executives (with only 3 in 100 reported feeling that they don’t get this support)
- 7 out of 10 guardians saying that their organisations are actively tackling barriers to speaking up.
- allowing ring-fenced time to enable guardians properly to meet the needs of workers
- ensuring all workers, particularly the most vulnerable, have effective routes to enable them to speak up
- enabling boards to hear regularly from their guardian, in person.
*Credits - NHS Employers