Freedom to Speak Up Guardian

  • 8 October 2020

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Alison, Freedom to Speak up Guardian at Arthur Rank Hospice Charity

We are pleased to introduce you to our new Freedom To Speak Up Guardian, Alison Pinney.

Freedom to speak up


This is a new role for Arthur Rank Hospice Charity to further promote a culture of safety and speaking out.

Freedom To Speak Up Guardians are employed across all NHS Trusts and the role was created as a result of recommendations from Sir Robert Francis following his review of the Mid Staffordshire Hospital. His recommendations encourage all staff and volunteers across the Trusts to speak up about any areas of concern which were identified as (not an exhaustive list):

  • Patient safety or quality of care
  • Inadequate training
  • Unsafe working conditions
  • A culture of bullying or harassment
  • Suspicion of fraud, corruption or bribery.

Arthur Rank Hospice Charity has consistently been awarded an ‘Outstanding’ rating following inspections at both the Hospice at Shelford Bottom in Cambridge and The Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre in Wisbech by the Care Quality Commission. They also won a Gold award for being a Best Employer in the Eastern Region in 2018.  We are dedicated in supporting all our staff and volunteers and have created a culture enabling all to speak out over any concerns they may have.

In addition to line manager supervision and support from the Human Resource department, Alison is here for ALL colleagues and volunteers, whether clinical or support, in whichever capacity or location they work in.

All issues raised are kept confidential and can be anonymous if requested.

Alison can be contacted by email or telephone 01223 675884 or 07787 835153