Registration: 17:30 - 18:00
Forum: 18:00 - 19:30 followed by drinks and canapés
"Freedom to Speak Up" was published in February 2015 with recommendations for healthcare organisations
to develop a culture of safety and deal with concerns raised by staff. The primary aim of this review was to
provide advice and recommendations to ensure that healthcare staff felt safe to raise concerns, confident
that they would be listened to and that concerns would be acted upon.
In this forum we will explore how the national healthcare system has matured since Freedom to Speak Up;
discuss the strategic measures implemented by some organisations to create a culture of safety; open the
debate as to what still needs to be done at Director and Board level to maintain the momentum; and explore
some of the latest legal challenges presented by the developing whistleblowing caselaw.
Our speakers will be Ashley Brooks, whose role as the first National Patient Champion began in 2010 and
who leads The Guardian Service, a service established to support NHS employees at all levels to discuss
concerns relating to patient care, patient safety or their work; Matthew Hopkins, who as Chief Executive of
BHRUHT worked with Ashley to introduce an innovative approach to raising and addressing staff concerns;
and Jonathan Swift QC of 11 Kings Bench Walk who has a wealth of experience of whistleblowing litigation
and, whilst in post as First Treasury Counsel, appeared extensively for the Government in their most high
profile and sensitive cases across all departments including Department for Work and Pensions and
Department of Health.
If you would like to join us at this Forum event please contact :
Jennifyr Yap: firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0370 194 7841 to book your place.
Please note there is no charge for attendance at the Forum.