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Trust appoints first Freedom to Speak Up Guardian

Published 13/07/2017

The first ever Freedom to Speak Up Guardian has been appointed at Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. 

Alison Bell will work independently of the Trust, and will act as a point of contact for any staff who want to raise concerns about working practices within Derby’s hospitals, so these can be resolved satisfactorily. 

Her appointment is part of a wider commitment by the Trust to ensuring openness and transparency among staff, patients and visitors. 

Alison said: “I feel passionately about My role is to increase the profile of raising staff concerns across the Trust and provide an open but friendly challenge to staff and the Board where the culture does not provide the right atmosphere to do this.

 “I feel passionately about ensuring staff have a voice and I want to support this Trust to continue developing a just culture where everyone feels safe to speak up, and where we see learning and reflection on practice as just another part of the job.”

Freedom to Speak Up Guardians were introduced following a review commissioned by the Secretary of State for Health. Alison will work between Derby’s hospitals and Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. 

Dr Neil Pease, Director of Workforce, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Alison to Derby Teaching Hospitals. 

“We have an open and transparent culture across our hospitals and it’s really important that staff at every level are able to speak up about anything they may be concerned about. 

“Delivering high quality patient care is at the heart of everything we do and Alison will play a key role in helping us achieve this.”

Last Modified 13/07/2017