October is Speak Up month, speaking up is for everyone

Staff from Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust are being encouraged to have their say during October as part of a special national initiative.

October is Speak Up month, speaking up is for everyone

The theme of Speak Up Month 2021 is Speak Up, Listen Up, Follow Up.

There are over 700 Freedom to Speak Up guardians in NHS and independent sector organisations, national bodies and elsewhere that ensure workers can speak up about any issues impacting on their ability to do their job.

Their role is to help make speaking up ‘business as usual’ and that when people speak up, they are listened to, and that learning and improvement happens as a result.

People can speak up if they have concerns and also if they have any ideas that they think will enhance life at the Trust or the work it does.

Speaking up to improve lives

Oxford Health is committed to encouraging staff to speak up to improve patient care and help staff be a part of the positive approach and response to speaking up in the Trust.

Caroline Griffiths, who is an Oxford Health Freedom to Speak Up Guardian, said: “We all have a voice and we can use it to improve the lives of patients and staff. Here at Oxford Health we want staff to feel safe to speak up if they have concerns and if they have ideas to improve services.

“So, during Speak Up month especially we will be encouraging staff members even more to take the opportunity to speak up confidentially and asking them to pledge to SpeakUp ListenUp FollowUp in their own work areas. Follow us on Twitter @OxfordHealthNHS and @NationalGuardianFTSU to find out more throughout the month.”

Patients and their families who have concerns or suggestions for improvement, should contact Patient Advice and Liaison Services (PALS).

Find out more from www.nationalguardian.org.uk. You can get involved with Speak Up Month on Twitter and LinkedIn by using the hashtag #SpeakUpListenUpFollowUp

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Published: 4 October 2021