Developing freedom to speak up arrangements in the NHS

We want to make the NHS the best place to work and the safest place to receive care

We want everyone that works within the NHS to feel valued and respected at work and to know that their views are welcomed. By meeting their needs, we also enable them to deliver the best possible care.

We have published a new and updated national Freedom to speak up policy for the NHS, which is applicable to primary care, secondary care and integrated care systems. It focuses on the importance of inclusive and consistent speaking up arrangements and driving learning through listening.

NHS England and the National Guardian’s Office have also published new and updated Freedom to speak up guidance and a Freedom to speak up reflection and planning tool.  Each will help the NHS deliver the People Promise for workers, by ensuring they have a voice that counts and by developing a speaking up culture.