Freedom to Speak Up Guardians support workers to speak up when they feel that they are unable to do so by other routes. They work proactively to support their organisation to tackle barriers to speaking up.
The network has now grown to over 800 guardians in over 500 organisations, including NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts, independent sector providers, national bodies and primary care organisations. Over 35,000 cases have been brought to Freedom to Speak Up Guardians since April 2017.
Judges will be interested in how the culture of the organisation supports workers to speak up and how the leadership of the organisation has embraced the opportunity to improve. Entrants will need to detail examples of how their organisation has responded when workers have spoken up, supported the work of Freedom to Speak Up Guardians and shared its learning and improvement across the wider health system.
Any organisation in the healthcare sector that can demonstrate improvement in their speaking up culture and behaviours is welcome to enter this award. This includes providers and trusts, regulators and national bodies, private hospital providers, care homes, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), GP practices, dentists, pharmacists, optometrists and charities.