Dr Henrietta Hughes OBE FRCGP SFFMLM


First joined SCAS: February 2022

Current term ends: 31 January 2025

Dr Henrietta Hughes was appointed in July 2016 as the National Guardian for the NHS, a key recommendation from the Francis Inquiry into the events at Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.  

She set up and grew Freedom to Speak Up across England into more than 400 NHS and Independent sector organisations.  Guardians have handled over 50 000 cases relating to patient safety and worker wellbeing with a view to making speaking up business as usual.

Previously a Medical Director at NHS England, Dr Hughes continues her clinical role as a GP in central London. She was made a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 2019, honoured with an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) medal in the Queen’s New Year Honours List 2020 and was awarded Senior Fellowship of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management in 2021.

Dr Henrietta Hughes