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POLICY: RCN briefing on implementing the recommendations of the Freedom to Speak Up review

30 March 2015
Briefing for RCN members on the Department of Health England Freedom to Speak Out consultation, running until 4 June 2015.

DH England has published a consultation on implementing the recommendations made by Sir Robert Francis following on from his independent review into creating an open and honest reporting culture in the NHS.

  • The consultation was published in March 2015, and runs until 4 June 2015.
  • The consultation is in direct response to the "Freedom to speak up" report, which followed on from the publication of the Francis reports into Mid-Staffs, and the subsequent government responses.
  • The "Freedom to speak up" report proposes twenty principles, grouped under five themes: culture change; improved handling of cases; measures to support good practice; particular measures for vulnerable groups; and extending legal protection.
  • The consultation asks questions relating to four issues: local implementation; Freedom to Speak Up Guardians; Independent National Officer; Standards for professionals.
  • A number of other issues raised in the report will be addressed later in 2015: role of national bodies; strengthening legislation.

If you have any comments or wish to contribute further, please email

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