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Freedom to Speak Up Guardian

In order to provide excellent quality of care and patient safety we need to promote a culture which is open and honest. The Freedom to Speak Up agenda is there to support staff to raise concerns when the quality of care may not live up to the standards which we expect of ourselves and others.

Speaking Up fosters an environment which supports learning, moving forward and improving our service. For more information regarding speaking up or raising a concern, please access our ‘Speaking Up’ policy or contact the Freedom to Speak Up Guardian.

Sherwood Forest Hospitals’ Freedom to Speak Up Guardian is Jess Woodward. She is here to offer impartial and confidential advice and support at any stage of the speaking up process. Any concerns raised to Jess are sensitively managed and outcomes will be discussed with you from the beginning. Jess will maintain contact with you throughout the speaking up process and provide feedback regularly whilst maintaining confidentiality.

Jess can be contacted by telephone 01623 622515 extension 4559 or on email

Freedom to Speak Up Champion

Sherwood Forest Hospitals’ Freedom to Speak Up Champion is Denise Guzdz. The champion’s role is to promote speaking up within the Trust, to act as a form of support to other colleagues and to signpost to appropriate further support that you may need.

Denise can be contacted by email

If you are interested in becoming a Freedom to Speak Up Champion, please contact your Guardian Jess.


Speaking Up Policy

The Speaking Up policy can be accessed by clicking here.