Freedom to Speak Up Guardians (FTSUG)

The Speaking Up Guardians work alongside the Trust’s leadership teams 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.

Note: If you wish to make a complaint related to patient care and treatment, please consider speaking with our Patient Advise and Liaison Service.

If colleagues need to raise a concern, they can speak with any of the following Speak Up Partners:

  • Your line manager or supervisor
  • Speak up guardians and champions
  • Your tutor or Education Lead
  • Qi & Governance teams
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • NHS Fraud
  • HR team
  • Guardian for Safe Working
  • Trade Union
  • EDI team
  • Professional Nurse Advocate (PNA) or Professional Midwifery Advocate (PMA)
  • Patient Safety team
  • Staff safety and security Lead

Alternatively, independent advice can be sought through the National Whistleblowing Helpline on 0800 072 4725.

If a colleague, or former colleague, wishes to raise a concern:

If possible. Please speak initially to the most appropriate Speak Up Partner listed above or contact the Speaking Up helpline on 01302 644300 or contact the confidential email service on

For further information on raising a concern with the Speaking Up Guardian and the process, click here.

Speaking Up publications

Our Speaking Up Guardians are:

Our Speaking Up Executive and Non-Executive Leads are:

  • Zoe Lintin (Executive Lead for Speaking Up and Chief People Officer)
  • Hazel Brand (Non-Executive Director and Lead for Speaking Up)

Our DBTH Speaking Up Champions Information and Agreement guidance can be viewed here.

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