In case you missed it, you can catch up on the 2022  NGO Conference for Freedom to Speak Up Guardians on our YouTube channel.

We reflected on how the guardian role has changed as Sir Robert Francis chaired a panel of established guardians, who shared knowledge and best practice from their experience of the role.

Our morning breakout rooms focused on wellbeing, inclusion and guardian Skills. Dan Collard explored the importance of engaging with bank and temporary staff; Professor Neil Greenberg shared why peer support as a form of social support is vital; Ellen Nicholson talked about the need for senior leadership buy-in and cross-team co-operation during a session about triangulating data.

During the afternoon breakout rooms, Stella Chandler’s session on banter looked at how important it is to create an open environment where everybody understands their responsibility to behave in a way that does not make others feel uncomfortable. Tom Geraghty’s session on psychological safety explored the value of celebrating feedback.

Themes of listening to others, building trust and even Star Wars were discussed in John Amaechi OBE and Jayne’s fireside chat.

In our final session of the day, Jayne chaired a panel with Dr Rosie Benneyworth and Dr Priya Singh to discuss the future of Freedom to Speak Up in Integrated Care Systems.