Request for streaming of an important National Guardian consultation on 20 January
The current National Freedom To Speak Up Guardian made plans to hold an important consultation event on 20 January without advertising it or inviting the majority of whistleblowers.
Whistleblowers asked for the event to be live streamed.
This is what has happened so far:
|5 January 2016||National Guardian asked to live stream her consultation event 20 Jan, so that whistleblowers could follow proceedings|
|10 January 2016||National Guardian reminded of the request for live streaming|
|11 January 2016||National Guardian’s office said that streaming would not be possible on 20 January but was a good idea in principle, and future events could be streamed
The National Guardian also agreed to hold a second session on 20 January for whistleblowers who had not previously been invited.
|11 January 2016||National Guardian asked if whistleblowers could arrange their own streaming and filming at 20 January event|
|12 January 2016||National Guardian reminded of whistleblowers’ request to arrange streaming and filming themselves|
|13 January 2016||National Guardian’s office advises that whistleblowers can film the National Guardian’s presentation, but would only be able to film other delegates with their consent|
|13 January 2016||All known delegates for session 1, 20 January (the original event organised by the National Guardian before whistleblowers asked her to consult them as well) asked if they object to streaming and filming.|
Today’s letter asking all known delegates invited to the first session on 20 January if they object to streaming or filming is copied below.
I will update this article regarding the responses received.
LETTER TO DELEGATES OF SESSION 1, 20th JANUARY 2017 , TO ASK ABOUT STREAMING AND FILMING
To (by bcc) :
Jerina Brown, Corporate Secretary CQC
Heather Bruce University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHSFT
Cassandra Cameron NHS Provide
Claire Campbell George Eliot Hospital NHST
Georgina Charlton Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHSFT
Chris Chrysochou Salford Royal NHSFT
Neil Churchill NHS England
Keith Conradi HSIB
Mary Cridge CQC
Helene Donnelly Cultural Ambassador Stoke On Trent & Staffordshire on Trent
Ginny Edwards West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHST
Kate Erskine Imperial College Healthcare NHST
Judith Graham Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHSFT
Tom Grimes NHS Improvement
Chris Ham King’s Fund
Cathy James Public Concern at Work
Paula Johnson South Staffordshire and Shropshire NHSFT
Narinder Kapur Psychologist
Roger Kline NHS England
Chris McGhee Liverpool Women’s Hospital NHSFT
Neelam Mehay Speak Up Guardian West Midlands
Danny Mortimer NHS Employers
Katherine Murphy Patients Association
Newcastle Speak Up Guardian
Sonia Pearcey Gloucestershire Care Services NHST
Susan Robinson Healthwatch England
Anne Sharp CEO ACAS
Lisa Smith York Teaching Hospitals NHSFT
Wayne Walker Torbay and South Devon NHST
Elaine Williams Berkshire Healthcare NHSFT
13 January 2016
Streaming and filming of National Guardian event on 20th January
I gather that you have been invited to attend an important consultation event on the morning of 20 January by the National Freedom To Speak Guardian, on how a ‘stakeholder advisory group’ will be established. Dr Hughes has indicated that this group will choose the whistleblowing cases that are reviewed by her office.
The majority of whistleblowers have not been invited to this event, and are keen to follow the proceedings.
Since the above event was first organised, Dr Hughes has set up a duplicate event for the majority of whistleblowers which will take place on the afternoon of 20 January. However, we will not have access to what is said in the morning session, where decision makers will be present.
Therefore, we have asked if the events on 20 January can be streamed. Dr Hughes has indicated that streaming will not be available on this occasion, but has agreed that it is a good idea in principle and could be arranged for future events
.Whistleblowers have subsequently asked if they may stream the events themselves (ie via Periscope or Face Time) or film. Dr Hughes has agreed that her presentation may be filmed, but other delegates would need to agree to be filmed.
To that end, I would be most grateful if you could all let me know if you have any objection to streaming and filming by whistleblowers as above. (One of the whistleblowers attending the morning session has suggested that they could stream the event, if this is agreed).
Dr Minh Alexander
NHS whistleblower and former consultant psychiatrist
Dr Henrietta Hughes, National Freedom to Speak Up Guardian, Care Quality Commission
Lorraine Turnell National Engagement Manager, National Guardian’s office
Sir Robert Francis