Freedom to Speak Up: The Next Steps for Improving Whistleblowing in Healthcare

Confirmed to Speak:

  • Russell Parkinson, Head of Office, National Guardian's Office
  • Matthew Hopkins, Chief Executive, Barking, Havering & Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Michail Sanidas, Freedom to Speak Up Manager, NHS England
  • Kate Milton, Experience of Care Lead: Staff Experience and Whistleblowing, NHS England
  • Rachel White, Leadership Support Manager - Patient Experience, NHS England
  • Wendy Webster, Employment Support Scheme Manager, NHS Improvement
  • Francesca West, Deputy Chief Executive, Public Concern at Work
  • Susan Biddle, Healthy Communities Consultant (Event Chair)


In 2015, the Health Select Committee stated that “the treatment of whistleblowers remains a stain on the reputation of the NHS”. Since then, much progress has been made. In April 2016, NHS England and NHS Improvement published a single national integrated whistleblowing policy, which all NHS trust were expected to adopt as a minimum standard by the end of March 2017. This year, the Department of Health also published plans to prohibit the discrimination against whistleblowers who are applying for jobs with NHS employers. However, much more needs to be done to translate national guidance into effective delivery in local settings across the country.

Attend this Westminster Briefing event to explore the practical steps you can take to improve whistleblowing practices in your organisation. You will examine how your peers have developed their FTSU guardians, the role of the National Guardian in your approach, implementing the national guidance, improving culture and installing confidence across your workforce.

Key Issues to be Addressed:

  • Updated on progress made nationally on the Freedom to Speak Up agenda
  • Embedding the principals of the national integrated whistleblowing policy
  • Ensuring that whistleblowers aren’t discriminated against in future job applications
  • Developing the role & skills of your local FTSU Guardian
  • Improving whistleblowing procedures in primary care
  • Embedding the national approach into your local policy
  • How have other trusts supported their FTSU Guardians?
  • Supporting staff throughout the whole process

The Event:

The morning session will provide a detailed examination of the existing national policy and how healthcare organisations can foster the required change of culture in their area.

The afternoon session will focus on the practical steps your healthcare organisation can take to improve your ‘raising concerns’ procedure and effectively support staff in the process. The session will be highly interactive and encourage best practice sharing so that you can develop your approach.

Who Should Attend?

Delegates will be drawn from across the health and social care sector, including: NHS managers & directors; HR managers; freedom to speak up guardians; complaints teams; patient experience managers; corporate affairs and strategy managers; legal experts; staff representatives and unions


For registration enquiries please contact: | 0207 593 5657

To discuss event sponsorship, speaking opportunities and agenda content, please email:

The event is CPD certified, and a certificate is available confirming your attendance.



Thursday 23rd November 2017

11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)

Event will be located at 110 Rochester Row, London, SW1P 1JP

Private Sector | 1 Place:£295  | 2+ Places:£245 each
Public Sector  | 1 Place: £245 | 2+ Places:£195 each

Background Quote

Delegates from 2016's Freedom to Speak Up Briefing:

"I was very satisfied with the day"

"Very helpful and I now feel equipped to implement in my area"

"Extremely useful, knowledge fuelled, great presentations and inspiring"

"I have come away with lots of ideas and questions for my organisations"

"Good event, well run and informative"

"Excellent speakers, very informative, great opportunity to network"

"A constructive and positive day"

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