Speak Up Week

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Speak Up Week is back!  This year it runs from Monday 30 September to Friday 4 October 2024 and the theme is 'Enabling Speaking Up'.

Speak Up Week 2024 will explore how we support the growth of a healthy and sustainable speak up culture across the NHS in Scotland. In the months leading up to Speak Up Week we will spotlight topics within this theme. Topics will explore psychological safety, trust in the whistleblowing standards, and understanding the experiences of all those involved in speaking up, including overcoming the barriers they may face. These conversations can then translate into meaningful action and change which enables marginalised voices to be heard and listened to, so that no one is left behind on this journey.

Together, we want to drive change that actively enables more people to speak up to prevent risks of harm. If you have any examples of work you are already doing to enable speaking up that is achieving results, we’d love to hear from you so we can highlight it here and share best practice. You can reach us at [email protected].

Keep checking back here, sign up to our e-bulletin or follow us on X for more updates over the weeks and months to come. In the meantime, remember it’s never too early to get ahead with your planning!

Here are some tips and resources to get you started:

  • Start planning early! 
  • Engage senior managers from across the organisation 
  • Work with your board’s contractors to engage them in the week 
  • Make sure content is available to staff who don’t have access to intranet or a work computer – for example use QR codes on posters 
  • Produce content that will last beyond the week itself and which can be reused to build up your resources bank 
  • Include messages from those who have lived experience of the process if possible – an investigator, a confidential contact, a whistleblower if you can 
  • Try to be visible in person – having stands at different sites or drop-in sessions can spark really interesting conversations 
  • Free food! If you decide to have a stand, a few sweets and chocolates will always grab attention – but don’t forget the healthy options too.

Read our full resource on Tips on how to organise a successful Speak Up Week (PDF, 261KB)

To support your planning for Speak Up Week 2024 we are hosting a webinar. This will be held on Wednesday 15 May 2024, 11am - 12pm. INWO colleagues will reflect on the last two years of Speak Up Week as we explore what has worked well.  We will share our top tips for a successful and impactful Speak Up Week and encourage you to share yours. There’ll be an opportunity to ask any questions and offer your own ideas with peers. 
If you would like to attend the webinar, please register your interest below: 


Updated: March 21, 2024