Deputy Freedom to Speak Up

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£58,698 to £65,095 per annum inc HCA
Closing date
28 Nov 2023

View more

Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is looking to recruit a Deputy Freedom to Speak Up (FTSU) Guardian, to work alongside the Lead Guardian.

This is a high-profile position within the Trust, offering an opportunity to be a visible and approachable Deputy FTSU Guardian. We are looking for somebody who has a natural passion to help continue to drive the Trust in becoming a safer, more open and supportive place to work, where staff are comfortable in speaking up, knowing action will be taken.

Main duties of the job

The Deputy FTSU Guardian will support the Trust Lead Guardian to provide expertise in developing a safe culture, which welcomes, thanks, supports and encourages all staff to speak up using local procedures as well as keeping up to date with national guidance and best practice. You will ensure 'speak up, listen up, follow up' is a normal part of everyday working life at King's.

The Deputy FTSU Guardian will work closely with the Lead Guardian, but will also operate independently, impartially and objectively to provide advice and support in matters relating to raising concerns. Although independent, the role is not isolated and will require the post holder to establish strong partnerships and networks at all levels within the organisation, working closely with employee relations, the HR Business Partners, clinical leadership and other teams across the organisation.

The Deputy FTSU Guardian will share the operational workload with the Lead Guardian, supporting workers across all sites, but will maintain a regular, active and visual presence at the Princess Royal University Hospital and South Sites.

About us

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK's largest and busiest teaching Trusts with a turnover of c�1 billion, 1.5 million patient contacts a year and more than 15,000 staff based across South East London. The Trust provides a full range of local and specialist services across its five sites. The trust-wide strategy of Strong Roots, Global Reachis our Vision to be BOLD, Brilliant people, Outstanding care, Leaders in Research, Innovation and Education, Diversity, Equality and Inclusion at the heart of everything we do. By being person-centred, digitally-enabled, and focused on sustainability, we aim to take Team King's to another level.

We are at a pivotal point in our history and we require individuals who are ready to join a highly professional team and make a real, lasting difference to our patients and our people.

King's is committed to delivering Sustainable Healthcare for All via our Green Plan. In line with national Greener NHS ambitions, we have set net zero carbon targets of 2040 for our NHS Carbon Footprint and 2045 for our NHS Carbon Footprint Plus. Everyone's contribution is required in order to meet the goals set out in our Green Plan and we encourage all staff to work responsibly, minimising their contributions to the Trust's carbon emissions, waste and pollution wherever possible

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Provide confidential support and advice to individuals raising concerns, which include anything that gets in the way of patient care or impacts on their well-being, escalating highly complex concerns to the Lead Guardian.
  • Be responsible for ensuring visibility and increasing awareness and engagement of FTSU across the Trust, with a visible presence at PRUH and South Sites.
  • The Deputy FTSU Guardian will manage cases cross-site and deputise for the Lead Guardian, based at Denmark Hill, when required to do so.
  • Regularly meet with the Site CEO, Director of workforce and executive colleagues at PRUH.
  • Escalate issues that are highly complex or cannot be resolved to the Lead FTSU Guardian or Executive Director for FTSU.
  • Provide support and advice to ensure that workers throughout the organisation have the capability, knowledge and skills they need to speak up themselves and to support others to speak up.
  • Provide training and support to managers, so they have the skills to respond appropriately to concerns and establish a speak up, listen up, follow up culture in their teams. Ensure they are confident to listen, see speaking up as a learning opportunity and follow up on concerns raised by their colleagues.
  • Support the Lead Guardian in the delivery of the Trust Freedom to Speak Up agenda and promote relevant national Speak Up guidance and policies.
  • Support the Lead Guardian in reviewing relevant policies and procedures, to ensure they are effective and constantly improved, based on emerging learning and in line with NHS England policy.
  • Establish close working relationships with the EDI, OD and HR teams to ensure joint working.

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • Educated to Masters level and/or equivalent experience
  • Evidence of significant personal development through formal courses and/or experience
  • Awareness of current NHS and government strategic initiatives and key policies.


  • Qualification and/or experience in coaching/mentoring

Skills and Competencies


  • Motivating, influencing and negotiating skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, listening and communication skills
  • Strategic thinking - ability to anticipate and resolve problems
  • Able to set own agenda and work independently to tight deadlines
  • Ability to receive highly complex, sensitive and contentious information and respond appropriately

Employer details

Employer name

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


King's College Hospital

Denmark Hill



Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert