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Achieving a Culture of Candour: Freedom to Speak Up

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Recent inquiries and national reports including from the Lucy Letby case show there has never been a more important time to ensure NHS staff feel free to speak up and listened to. However this is in contrast to the NHS Staff Survey published in March 2023 which found that there were declines on all measures relating to raising concerns, both relating to raising concerns about clinical safety and speaking up more generally. The greatest deterioration was seen in the percentage of staff who would feel secure raising concerns about unsafe clinical practice. 61.5% feel safe to speak up about anything that concerns them in their organisation…48.7% were confident that their organisation would address their concern and 71.9% would feel secure raising concerns about unsafe clinical practice with 56.7% saying they were confident that their organisation would address their concern.

“This year we have had stark reminders of why all efforts to improve the Speak Up culture in health, including the Freedom to Speak Up Guardian route, are so essential for patient safety.”

Dr Jayne Chidgey-Clark, National Guardian for the NHS, 16 November 2023

“Reports from the Lucy Letby case, Donna Ockenden and Bill Kirkup, and inquiries into University Hospitals Birmingham and others have shown why Freedom to Speak Up has never been more important.”

Dr Jayne Chidgey-Clark, National Guardian for the NHS, 16 November 2023

“Embracing Freedom to Speak Up by listening to and acting on the suggestions and concerns of workers is critical for learning and improvement. The events surrounding the terrible crimes of Lucy Letby are an important reminder of how vital it is for organisations to have a culture in which workers feel safe to speak up about anything that gets in the way of delivering safe and high-quality care. Managers and senior leaders must be welcoming of speaking up and be ready to listen and act on what they hear.”

Maria Caulfield MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Mental Health and Women’s Health Strategy 16 November 2023

This conference will enable you to:

  • Network with colleagues who are working to support people to speak up and raise concerns

  • Reflect on national developments and learning

  • Achieve a Culture of Candour & Freedom to Speak Up

  • Establish effective leadership and management behaviours

  • Understand the legal context

  • Develop your skills in ensuring all staff within the trust feel able to raise any issues or concerns, or challenge any wrongdoing

  • Learn from outstanding practice in developing the role of the Freedom to Speak Up Guardian

  • Identify key strategies for celebrating diversity in the workforce and ensure challenge when diversity is not embraced

  • Understand how you can improve culture and psychological safety

  • Ensure an effective response to raised concerns, and ensure change occurs

  • Deliver transformational change of the culture of fear and blame

  • Understand how technology can support freedom to speak up

  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice

  • Supports CPD professional development and acts as revalidation evidence. This course provides 5 Hrs training for CPD subject to peer group approval for revalidation purposes

Exhibition & Sponsorship Packages

This conference offers a valuable opportunity for industry suppliers to personally meet with their target audience where they will have time to talk and demonstrate the benefits of their products. High quality specialist audiences make having a presence at our events a highly targeted and cost effective marketing channel.

Why Exhibit?

Having a presence at this event will give you the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate your product, system or service
  • Network and engage with your key audience  
  • Generate new business leads
  • Gain exposure for your brand and raise the profile of your organisation
  • Understand the current needs of your audience and challenges they’re facing
  • Update your knowledge of national policy and local developments  


Contact Sarah Jane for exhibition and sponsorship prices, or to discuss a tailored package to suit your needs and budget.

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