NHS Improvement's revised expectations of boards and board members in relation to Freedom to Speak Up plus supplementary resources and a self-review tool.
Effective speaking up arrangements protect patients and improve the experience of NHS workers. NHS Improvement's guide contributes to the need, set out by Sir Robert Francis in his Freedom to Speak Up review, to develop a more open and supportive culture that encourages staff to speak up about any issues of patient care, quality or safety.
The importance of workers having the freedom to speak up and the role that executive directors play in this has been recently reaffirmed in the review of Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust, the Kark Report and the interim NHS People Plan.
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Source: NHS Improvement, 31 July 2019