Freedom to Speak Up Guardian
In accordance with the CCG’s Raising Concerns (whistleblowing) policy, Gill Findley, Director of Nursing, has taken on the responsibility of being the Freedom to Speak Up (FTSU) Guardian for NHS North Durham CCG.
The FTSU Guardian works alongside the CCG Executive Team and Governing Body to support the organisation in becoming a more open and transparent place to work, where all staff are actively encouraged and enabled to speak up safely.
Essentially the role will be to ensure that a culture of speaking up is instilled throughout the organisation and that effective processes are in place to support staff.
As a nationally defined role, the FTSU Guardian will focus on the key area of supporting individuals to raise concerns that are in the interest of patients or the public. However, in addition to this, the FTSU Guardian role within North Durham CCG also encompasses supporting staff to raise concerns with regard to dignity at work (such as bullying and harassment). Gill will therefore be able to advise CCG colleagues on the right policies and processes for individuals to be aware of if they wish to raise a dignity at work concern.
You can contact Gill in the following ways:
Gill Findley, Director of Nursing
Durham Dales, Easington & Sedgefield CCG
Sedgefield Community Hospital
Updates and Information
The role of the FTSU Guardian is new to the CCG, therefore the organisation will be working alongside Gill to understand more about the role and how it can support our staff. Any important updates or information for staff with regard to “Speaking up” will be provided in this section.
- For more information on the role of FTSU Guardian and how to speak up, read Raising Concerns (Whistleblowing) on NHS Employers website.
- Raising and responding to concerns film: Health Education England have produced a number of films and supporting information to support individuals who wish to “Speak up” on the page Raising and Responding to Concerns (Whistleblowing).