Freedom to Speak Up and raising concerns

Everyone has the right to feel safe at work and have that sense of belonging for a positive work-life experience.

As a Trust we have always recognised the importance of listening to concerns raised by our staff.   

Our priority remains as always to foster an environment where open communication and proactive measures lead, as much as possible, to positive outcomes for all.  

Ensuring there are opportunities for staff to speak up and raise concerns is vital. We encourage you to speak up as early as possible so that you can share your concern, ensure you are heard and together, review how best to support you.

Our Freedom To Speak Up Guardian –  Marie Barley is here for you.

Our Freedom To Speak Up Guardian is here to listen to you, encouraging you to help us to create a being open culture, speaking up and out to make things better for everyone at Combined. We want your work life to be a positive experience. Every concern matters  – no matter how big or small.

If you need to speak to Marie to raise a concern, please email,

For more information, please visit the Freedom to Speak Up page via CAT (Combined Access Tool). Please note that this link will only work for staff members connected to a Trust device via the Intranet. 

Please visit NHS England and the National Guardian’s Office for general information regarding Freedom to Speak Up.