Promoting partnership working in the NHS

Freedom to speak up review - consultation launched

Sir Robert Francis has published his report on the Freedom to Speak Up review. In his report Sir Robert sets out 20 Principles and Actions which aim to create the right conditions for NHS staff to speak up, share what works right across the NHS and get all organisations up to the standard of the best and provide redress when things go wrong in future.

The government has accepted in principle all of Sir Robert’s recommendations, including proposed new legislation to protect whistleblowers who are applying for NHS jobs, from discrimination by prospective employers.

The government has launched a consultation running to 4 June 2015, seeking views on how to implement the recommendations including:

• a new National Whistleblowing Guardian to protect those who speak up

• practical help through Monitor, the Trust Development Authority and NHS England to help whistleblowers find alternative employment

• a local whistleblowing guardian in every NHS organisation - reporting directly to the chief executive

• training for staff on how to raise concerns and protect others who do so

Partners are encouraged to view the consultation and contribute on the Gov.UK website.

The final decision on how the recommendations are implemented will be made following the consultation.