Anna and Simon's first three months as Guardians

Simon Chase

At the Public Board meeting in March, Simon Chase and Anna Price were introduced to the Board as the Trusts new Freedom to Speak Up Guardians. Freedom to Speak Up gives colleagues a platform to raise freely and safely, either by name or anonymously, any concerns they may have about EEAST or involve staff working for or on behalf of EEAST.

Since they began their role, they have dealt with five cases. They have also attended the National Ambulance Network, of which Anna is joint chair, and had various meetings with senior members of staff regarding taking this forward in the future.

You may have seen them around as they hosted two drop in clinics at the Bedford Office, and delivered leaflets to some other stations within the Trust, so if you see them around, do say hello.

“The Trust has been very supportive of our role” says Anna. She is keen to spread the message of the work that they, as Guardians, are doing; “Your concerns do not need to be safeguarding in nature, they can be about anything. There may be a slight delay in getting back to you as we do this role around our safeguarding work, but we will do our best to get back to you as soon as possible”.

You can read more about their role here.

You can make contact with Simon or Anna by email eoeasnt.f2su@nhs.net .

Published 13th July, 2017

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