Resources to help you develop your Freedom to Speak Up arrangements

Video series:  Developing inclusive and accessible Freedom to Speak Up arrangements

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust and East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust took part in a pilot project to understand how organisations can embed inclusive and accessible Freedom to Speak Up approaches across their organisation. They engaged with staff from ethnic minority backgrounds and other workers, and we have developed two videos to support organisations.

Each video raises valuable insights for organisations and leaders to consider when reviewing Freedom to Speak Up arrangements. This includes the reduction of barriers to speaking up and the promotion of engagement with all staff, especially seldom heard groups like our ethnic minority colleagues, evening staff, staff with disabilities or part-time and facility staff.

Organisations can use these materials as part of their induction process, management training and team meetings, and board members can use them to demonstrate their commitment to the principles within the Freedom to Speak Up guidance.

Developing inclusive and accessible Freedom to Speak Up approaches

Leading inclusive and accessible Freedom to Speak Up approaches

Podcast series: Developing inclusive speak up cultures

Our People Promise: “We each have a voice that counts” recognises that developing healthy and inclusive speaking up cultures has become one of the ways we encourage NHS workers to share their voices. This series of podcasts focus on how NHS England is supporting its workers to do that at both a national and regional level.

Podcast 1 – bringing the Freedom to Speak Up national policy and guidance to life in your organisation: Tom Grimes, Head of Advocacy and Learning, NHS England.

Podcast 2 – creating inclusive speak up cultures through nursing leadership: Angela Knight-Jackson MBE, Deputy Director, Nursing and Professional Development.

Podcast 3 – the importance of staff speaking up in tackling discrimination: Kuvy Seenan, Head of Equality and Inclusion and Workforce Race Equality Standard Expert, Midlands Region.

Case stories: applying the Freedom to Speak Up principles in practice

The NHS England Freedom to Speak Up guide for leaders discusses 8 principles fundamental to creating environments in which people feel safe to speak up with confidence.

We are publishing a series of case stories as examples of how these principles have been used in the NHS organisations to cultivate their own plans for improvement to ensure that they develop healthy speak up cultures.