National Freedom to Speak Up Guardian visits Tavistock Centre

6 March 2017

National Freedom to Speak Up Guardian Dr Henrietta Hughes visited the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust recently to hear how the Trust is responding to staff raising concerns about patient safely and care. 

National Freedom to Speak Up Guardian

Left to right: Gill Rusbridger, Paul Jenkins, Dr. Hughes

Dr Hughes was hosted by our Freedom to Speak up Guardian, Gill Rusbridger, and our Chief Executive Paul Jenkins. She also met with our head of HR, Craig de Sousa, Angela Haselton from staff side, and lead mental health first aider, Lisa Tucker.

The Freedom to Speak up Guardian is as an independent person with whom our staff can consult in confidence. A Guardian offers support and advice on how best to take concerns forward without fear of victimisation, and aims to ensure that the Trust deals with any concerns appropriately and that all staff who speak up are treated well.

Gill Rusbridger said:

“We were delighted to host Dr. Hughes and discuss best practice for developing an open and honest culture, where staff can speak out about any concerns about unsafe patient care.

"Freedom to speak up is vital and makes a difference – our staff need to feel assured that any concerns that are raised are welcomed and taken seriously, and that they will be heard, investigated and responded to quickly.”

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