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Freedom To Speak Up

Remember, you can speak up about anything you consider to be harming the service we are striving to deliver!

"Failure to speak up can cost lives. We need to get away from a culture of blame, and the fear that it generates, to one which celebrates openness and commitment to safety and improvement. If these things are achieved, the NHS will be a better place to work. Above all, it will be a safer place for patients." - Sir Robert Francis QC.


Mel Anderson was appointed as our Freedom to Speak Up Guardian in November 2021.

Contact Mel:

Telephone: 07795 506 008



Freedom to Speak Up Champions

Kevin Tromer

0191 333 2183 / 0734 208 3946

Neil Williams

0191 333 2860 / 0781 015 2831

Vicki Atkinson



For more information please refer to our INTRANET page.

  • National Guardian
  • Freedom To Speak Up

'I have to compliment everyone on their pleasant persona and their expertise and knowledge. By the end of the 5 days, I did not feel as though I had been in a hospital ward and was very relaxed.'

Patient, Ward 16 Orthopaedics, University Hospital of North Durham