The Trust is committed to creating a culture where staff are empowered to speak up about any concerns they may have about patient care.

We employ a Freedom To Speak Up Guardian, supported by a team of Freedom To Speak Up ambassadors, who provide support to staff across the organisation.

The team provide an alternative way for staff to discuss and raise concerns. They act as an independent and impartial source of advice to staff at any stage of raising a concern. They also ensure issues are raised at a senior level of the organisation.

Their work has a direct impact on continuously improving safety and quality for our service users, carers and families, as well as enhancing the experience of our staff.

Freedom To Speak Up Guardians are employed across all NHS Trusts and the role was created as a result of recommendations from Sir Robert Francis following his review of the Mid Staffordshire Hospital. 

The network of Freedom to Speak Up Ambassadors can also offer guidance and support to ELFT staff, contractors, volunteers and students.

It is not easy to raise concerns and sometimes difficult to know what to do. If you raise a concern you should always receive feedback and never be victimised. 

The National Guardian’s Office provides leadership, training and advice for Freedom to Speak Up Guardians based in all NHS trusts.

You can email Freedom To Speak Up team at elft.freedomtospeakup@nhs.net

The Freedom To Speak Up Guardian for ELFT is Ade Dosunmu

 

Useful videos:

Raising concerns

Making Speak Up Business as Usual

Responding to Concerns

 

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