Freedom to Speak Up Guardian

In accordance with the CCG’s Raising Concerns (whistleblowing) policy, Andrew Atkin, Governing Body Lay Member has taken on the responsibility of being the Freedom to Speak Up (FTSU) Guardian for NHS North Durham CCG. The FTSU Guardian works alongside the CCG Executive Team and Governing Body to support the organisation in becoming a more open and transparent place to work, where all staff are actively encouraged and enabled to speak up safely. Essentially the role will be to ensure that a culture of speaking up is instilled throughout the organisation and that effective processes are in place to support staff. As a nationally defined role, the FTSU Guardian will focus on the key area of supporting individuals to raise concerns that are in the interest of patients or the public. However, in addition to this, the FTSU Guardian role within North Durham CCG also encompasses supporting staff to raise concerns with regard to dignity at work (such as bullying and harassment). Andrew will therefore be able to advise CCG colleagues on the right policies and processes for individuals to be aware of if they wish to raise a dignity at work concern. You can contact Andrew in the following ways:

Freedom to Speak Up Guardian

Name: Andrew Atkin, Governing Body Lay Member
Address: NHS North Durham CCG, Rivergreen Centre, Aykley Heads, Durham DH1 5TS
Telephone: 01913898600

Updates and Information

The role of the FTSU Guardian is new to the CCG, therefore the organisation will be working alongside Andrew to understand more about the role and how it can support our staff. Any important updates or information for staff with regard to “Speaking up” will be provided in this section.

For general enquiries about this or any other CCG policy, please contact Amanda Coates, Corporate Administrator on Tel 191 3898592 or by email via