Academics welcome Freedom to Speak Up Review

11 February 2015

The Council of Deans of Health has welcomed the report of the Freedom to Speak Up review.

Led by Sir Robert Francis QC, the report addresses the question of how to create an open and honest culture within the NHS and includes discussion of how to best support healthcare students.

Professor Dame Jessica Corner, Chair of the Council said:

‘We fully support the principle that all students should have access to appropriate policies, procedures and support when raising concerns. We also back the call for BIS to extend statutory protection from student nurses to all healthcare students: it’s vital that every student feels safe to raise concerns.’

Professor Corner added:

‘As a Council we’re committed to supporting the call for all students to receive the best possible training on raising concerns. We will be working with members over the coming months to identify and share good practice in this area.’ 



Notes to editors:

  1. The Council of Deans of Health is the voice of the deans and heads of UK university faculties for nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions. For further information:
  2. For more information on this press release, please call 07805 873882 or contact Jonathan Eames, Project and Communications Officer, Council of Deans of Health,


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