Salisbury Foundation Trust


Internal Reference Number: FOI_4857

Date Request Received: 31/01/2019 12:05:40

Date Request Replied To: 19/02/2019 09:54:39

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Request Summary: Freedom to Speak Up Guardians

Request Category: Media

Question Number 1:
When did the trust first appoint a Freedom To Speak Up Guardian, champion, ambassador or equivalent?
Answer To Question 1:
April 2016
Question Number 2:
How many individuals currently hold such posts within the trust?
Answer To Question 2:
Question Number 3:
Please give the professional backgrounds and seniority of all the Freedom To Speak Up Guardians or equivalent who have ever been appointed.
Answer To Question 3:
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust – Trustee
Head of Customer Care
Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
Non-Clinical Manager for Medicine & Surgery
Question Number 4:
Is there ring fenced time for these posts, and if so what is the total WTE?
Answer To Question 4:
Yes – 1.0 WTE
Question Number 5:
Please advise if any Freedom To Speak Up Guardians have stepped down, and if so, how long were they in post as Freedom To Speak Up Guardians?
Answer To Question 5:
3 FTSUG have stepped down. 2 were in post for 12 months, and 1 was in post for 18 months - these times run concurrently, post was not held by 1 person at a time.
Question Number 6:
Please provide by, financial year, a spreadsheet which gives the number, broad nature of concerns raised with your Freedom To Speak Up Guardian(s) or equivalent, and the outcome.
Answer To Question 6:
This information can be found on the National Guardian’s Office website:
Question Number 7:
Please advise how many times your Freedom To Speak Up Guardian(s) or equivalent have escalated any whistleblowing case issues to:

i. the National Guardian
ii. the Care Quality Commission
Answer To Question 7:
i. the National Guardian – none to my knowledge
ii. the Care Quality Commission – none to my knowledge

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