Freedom to Speak Up Guardians
An independent review into creating an open and honest reporting culture in the NHS was published in February 2015. The aim of the review was to provide advice and recommendations to ensure that NHS staff feel it is safe to raise concerns, confident that they will be listened to and the concerns will be acted upon.
Ambulance Trusts are committed to developing an open and honest culture, where staff can speak out about concerns regarding unsafe patient care, staff safety and concerns of public interest. The National Ambulance Network of Freedom to Speak Up Guardians is working to ensure all ambulance staff feel confident that their concerns are welcomed, taken seriously, investigated and responded to quickly.
More information about Freedom to Speak Up can be found here: http://www.cqc.org.uk/national-guardians-office/content/national-guardians-office
Every NHS Ambulance Trust has a Freedom to Speak Up Guardian who is responsible for giving staff a voice and helping to ensure support mechanisms are in place. This includes supporting LGBT colleagues and Guardians can connect you with all the options available.