Dr Jayne Chidgey-Clark responds to NHS England’s publication of the Fit and Proper Person Test Framework for board members:

“I welcome the publication of the Framework for the implementation of the Fit and Proper Person Test by NHS England.

“It recognises the negative consequences of defensive leaders who victimise people who speak up, and ensures processes so that this behaviour can be held to account. Victimising people who speak up has a serious impact on patient safety, and creates an environment of silence and fear.

“The implementation of the Kark Review’s recommendations is a step towards a leadership culture of curiosity and improvement. One where our leaders role model the values and behaviours we expect from everyone who works in healthcare.

“I am grateful for being part of the steering group, and I look forward to the forthcoming Leadership Competency Framework, which will put listening and learning at the heart of governance.”