Speaking out Investigation

Independent investigation into the activity of Jimmy Savile at Stoke Mandeville Hospital

The Speaking Out investigation has been established by Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust to investigate the very serious allegations of criminality made against Jimmy Savile at Stoke Mandeville Hospital over many years. Stoke Mandeville Hospital became part of Buckinghamshire Hospitals NHS Trust in 2003, which then became Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust in 2010. It is now the Trust’s responsibility to commission an investigation into what happened, when, where, to whom and why. 

This investigation is called Speaking Out, because we want to give everybody who has been affected the opportunity to have their say, have their experience acknowledged and investigated, in confidence. We recognise that many people have felt unable to speak out and be heard until now. 

This investigation will be undertaken alongside inquiries by other NHS organisations and the Department of Health. The Speaking Out Investigation is being independently overseen by Kate Lampard, on behalf of the Department of Health, to ensure that it is robust and any lessons for the NHS can be quickly shared and acted upon.

The investigation will:

Our formal terms of reference are here.

It is essential that these alleged crimes are first investigated by the police who are the proper criminal authorities and have the expertise, power and experience to uncover the truth and identify criminality, wherever it is. The Trust is proactively working with the police to fully support their investigation. 

The Trust will also act on information the police provide to us when they have concluded their investigatory and legal processes and ensure that any abuse or misconduct discovered is both considered by the Speaking Out Investigation and dealt with by the Trust.

This website will be updated with general information but the investigation cannot

publish detailed information on its investigations.

A final investigation report will be published, as requested by the Secretary of State for Health.

At the request of the Crown Prosecution Service, the publication of the NHS investigations into Jimmy Savile is being delayed until the conclusion of ongoing legal proceedings. Therefore, we have been advised that there will be a delay in the publication of the outstanding NHS investigation reports, including the Speaking Out investigation report. It is hoped that trusts will publish their reports in January 2015.

To read the full statement made to the House of Commons please click here