Speaking Up Data report for 1 April 2020 and 31 March 2021
Freedom to Speak Up Guardians submit their data to the National Guardian’s Office on a quarterly or semi-annual basis. At the end of each financial year, guardians are invited to review and reconcile their data submissions to ensure accuracy.
The reconciled data is used to compile a year-end report reflecting on trends and themes.
20,388 cases brought to Freedom to Speak Up Guardians in 2020/21
Annual Speaking Up Data Reports
These previous year end Speaking Up Data Reports report reflect on some of the trends and themes from the speaking up data for those years.
- Between 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021, 20,388 cases were raised with Freedom to Speak Up Guardians. This is a 26-percentage point increase from the previous year. Quarter three (October to December 2020) had the highest number of cases reported to the NGO in a single quarter (5,334) since Freedom to Speak Up Guardians were established in 2016.
- Guardians received over 16,000 speaking up cases in 2019/20 – an increase of 32% compared to the previous year. This is nearly half of the 35,000 cases raised with guardians since we started collecting data in 2017/18.
- 12,244 cases were raised to Freedom to Speak Up Guardians in trusts and Foundation trusts between 1st April 2018 and 31st March 2019 – 73% higher than that raised the previous year.
- For the first year in which we collected data – 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018 – 7,087 cases were raised to Freedom to Speak Up Guardians in NHS trusts and foundation trusts
The use of data played a major role in Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust ’s efforts to improve their speaking up culture as Matt Asbrey, former Freedom to Speak Up Guardian at NHFT explains.
By triangulating the data provided from speaking up cases raised, pulse surveys and the results of the NHS National Staff Survey, Matt was able to better understand the experience of workers and identify areas for learning and improvement.Read More
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