Freedom to Speak Up Guardian

North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust
All Trust Sites
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pro rata, per annum
Closing date
5 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
Job summary

An opportunity has arisen to support the Freedom to Speak Up Guardianship (FTSUG) role at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust , the role supports staff to speak up to identify where improvements can be made to services ensuring that staff, patients and relatives receive the service that they deserve from the NHS.

We are looking for a highly motivated individual who wants to make a real difference by successfully engaging with all staff, while remaining positive and flexible in challenging situations to fulfil the role of the FTSU Guardian.

The post is initially for 22.5 hours per week, with a view to increasing to full-time (37.5hrs) by October 2023.

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Main duties of the job

The post holder will be supported to operate independently, impartially and objectively, whilst working in partnership with individuals and groups throughout their organisation, including their senior leadership team.

They will seek guidance and support from and, where appropriate, escalate matters to, bodies outside their organisation

They will support, and contribute to, the national Freedom to Speak Up Guardian network, comply with National Guardian Office guidance, and support each other by providing peer-to-peer support and sharing learning

The post holder will be supported with the resources they need, including protected time, to ensure that they meet the needs of workers in their organisation. Their views on the impact of activities and decisions on Freedom to Speak Up should be actively sought.

About us

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust is a progressive, forward thinking organisation, providing acute and community services to the population of Stockton-on Tees, Hartlepool, East Durham and the surrounding areas including a large part of Sedgefield.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Freedom to Speak Up Guardians are responsible for taking action to promote the following outcomes:
  • Workers throughout the organisation have the capability, knowledge, and skills they need to speak up themselves and to support others to speak up
  • Speaking up policies and processes are effective and constantly improved
  • Senior leaders role-model effective speaking up
  • All workers are encouraged to speak up
  • Individuals are supported when they speak up
  • Barriers to speaking up are identified and tackled
  • Information provided by speaking up is used to learn and improve
  • Freedom to speak up is consistent throughout the health and care system, and ever improving

Person Specification



  • Experience of working with external agencies and influencing internal change.
  • Evidence of recent development.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of Trust structures.
  • Understanding of patient safety
  • Understanding of Quality
  • Presentation skills with the ability to adapt presentations to different types of attendees


  • Experience of dealing with non NHS organisations
  • Evidence of Mediation Skills.
  • Evidence of counselling skills

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