Freedom to Speak Up - elearning for healthcare
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  • National Guardians Office
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About the Freedom to Speak Up in Healthcare in England programme

This training is for everyone wherever they work in healthcare and explains in a clear and consistent way what speaking up is and its importance in creating an environment in which people are supported to deliver their best.  It will help you understand the vital role you can play and the support available to encourage a healthy speaking up culture for the benefit of patients and workers.

The training is divided into three parts.

  • Speak Up: Core training is for all workers including volunteers, students and those in training, regardless of their contract terms and covers what speaking up is and why it matters. It will help learners understand how to speak up and what to expect when they do.
  • Listen Up: This training for all line and middle managers and is focussed more on listening up and the barriers that can get in the way of speaking up.
  • Follow Up: This training is aimed at all senior leaders including executive board members (and equivalents), Non-Executive Directors, and Governors to help them understand their role in setting the tone for a good speaking up culture and how speaking up can promote organisational learning and improvement (available soon).

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What is Freedom to Speak Up?

Speaking up protects patient safety and improves the lives of workers.

When things go wrong, we need to make sure that lessons are learnt and things are improved.

If we think something might go wrong, it’s important that we all feel able to speak up so that potential harm is prevented.

Even when things are good, but could be even better, we should feel able to say something and should expect that our suggestion is listened to and used as an opportunity for improvement.

Freedom to Speak Up is about encouraging a positive culture where people feel they can speak up and their voices will be heard, and their suggestions acted upon.

 

  • What are Freedom to Speak Up Guardians?

  • About the National Guardian’s Office

National Guardians Office - Speaking Up

An insight into speaking up: Two workers, Jillette and Hannah, tell us their stories of speaking up and what happened when they spoke up to a Freedom to Speak Up guardian. 

National Guardians Office - Being A Freedom To Speak Up Guardian

 Being a Freedom to Speak Up Guardian: Three Freedom to Speak Up Guardians share their insights on the challenges, and rewards of being a guardian. 

National Guardians Office - Why Speaking Up Matters

Three senior leaders describe why Freedom to Speak Up is so important: Dame Dido Harding, Professor Ted Baker and Dr Navina Evans.

Acknowledgements

We engaged with a wide range of groups when developing this training and would like to express our sincere thanks to all of those who provided helpful feedback.

Meet the team

  • Russell Parkinson

    Russell Parkinson

    Head of Office National Guardian Office
  • Lorraine Turnell

    Lorraine Turnell

    National Engagement Manager, National Guardian Office
  • Katherine Bradshaw

    Katherine Bradshaw

    Senior Communications Officer, National Guardian Office
  • Clair Guy

    Clair Guy

    Programme Manager, elearning for healthcare
  • Rob Taylor

    Rob Taylor

    Project Manager, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Tracy Watkins

    Tracy Watkins

    Learning Designer, elearning for healthcare
  • Scott Tyrrell

    Scott Tyrrell

    Graphic Designer and Animator, elearning for healthcare
  • Nic Anderson

    Nic Anderson

    Graphic Designer, elearning for healthcare
  • elfh-staff-Alex-Drinkall-learning-profile

    Alex Drinkall

    Stakeholder Manager, elearning for healthcare
  • Louise Garrahan

    Louise Garrahan

    Stakeholder Officer, elearning for healthcare

How to access

In order to access the Freedom to Speak Up in Healthcare in England programme, you will need an elfh account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

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Not an NHS organisation?

If you are not an NHS health or care organisation and therefore do not qualify for free access elfh Hub, you may be able to access the service by creating an OpenAthens account.

To check whether or not you qualify for free access via OpenAthens, you can view the eligibility criteria and register on the ‘OpenAthens’ portal.

Registering large numbers of users

If you are a HR, IT or Practice Manager and would like to register and enrol large numbers of staff within your organisation for access onto the Freedom to Speak Up in Healthcare in England programme, please contact elfh directly.

Organisations wishing to use their own LMS

For HR departments wanting to know more about gaining access to courses using an existing Learning Management System please contact elfh directly to express interest.

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