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Freedom to Speak Up (FtSU) Guardians

Every NHS trust must have a Freedom to Speak Up (FtSU) Guardian to give independent support and advice to staff who want to raise concerns.

Freedom to Speak Up - Listening to your concerns

The role came about following the inquiry into Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust in 2013.

Guardians work with all staff to help NHS trusts become more open and transparent places. Employees are encouraged to 'speak up' without fearing the consequences.

We have a Lead FtSU Guardian and local Guardians available to support staff on the five OUH sites.

Freedom to Speak Up is linked to the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and included in the 'Well led' domain.

FtSU guardians offer:

  • support and advice for staff who speak up, or are supporting a colleague who is speaking up
  • feedback on investigations and the conclusions
  • immediate action if patient safety is compromised

but do not:

  • carry out investigations
  • solve relationship problems in teams or between members of staff
  • deal with concerns raised by patients or visitors.

Further information