000 days

since the NMC committed to investigate its ‘established procedures’. We’re still watching!

What our Freedom to Speak Up Guardian does

Role description & responsibilities

This role is part of the subgroup that supports the CIC committee.

The role’s tasks include:

  1. Understand and familiarise themselves with the appropriate policies in place:
  2. Raising and Escalating Concerns Policy
  3. Safeguarding Policy
    • Ensure group members are supported in speaking up
    • Ensure barriers to speaking up are addressed
    • Ensure a positive culture of speaking up is fostered
    • Ensure any issues raised are used as opportunities for learning and improvement
    • Operate independently, impartially and professionally
    • Review current policy and advise the committee of any amendments required
    • Attend CiC committee meeting three times a year to feedback on role and issues arising (March, September & November)
    • Make themselves available to support group members who wish to raise a concern.
    • Work alongside the safeguarding lead where needed
    • Liase with external FTSU guardians to identify joint working to benefit the purposes of NMCWatch
    • Advise CIC committee on any aspects to address with the annual aims and campaigning set out.

Qualities and Skills Required

The Freedom to Speak Up Guardian role requires a range of skills and competencies. These are set out in the Freedom to Speak Up Guardian Education and Training Guide. These include, but are not limited to, skills and competencies in:

  • Communication
  • Partnership building and relationship management
  • Knowledge of the speaking up agenda and local systems
  • Driving continuous improvement
  • Time management and prioritisation
  • Measuring effectiveness and impact
  • Training and capability building
  • Working with senior leaders                                                 

Time Commitment

1 – 2 hours per month

Length of Position: Minimum 1 year