• A clear explanation of how the organisation has developed their speaking up culture and embedded speaking up and the role of the Freedom to Speak Up Guardian
  • Evidence that workers feel confident to speak up and are supported and listened to when they do
  • Demonstrate how leadership supports a speaking up culture and behaviours and shares lessons learned to generate improvement across the healthcare system


  • Evidence of the improvement in the speaking up culture and behaviours of the organisation, with examples of innovation and excellence, including any unattributed or confidential testimonials from workers
  • Evidence of change in working practices or structures as a direct result of speaking up and how the leadership can demonstrate they have taken steps to listen well and follow up
  • Evidence which clearly demonstrates that speaking up is becoming business as usual in part, or all, of the organisation


  • Leadership are visibly dedicated to embedding a supportive culture and behaviours which has demonstrably spread throughout the organisation
  • Demonstrate how people from groups who may feel particularly vulnerable if they speak up have been identified and supported, and how these barriers have been overcome
  • Demonstrate leadership and the sharing of good practice beyond organisational and local boundaries and how this has contributed to the culture of the wider health system


  • Evidence that speaking up has become integral to the culture, and reflected in the behaviours,of the organisation through practice, processes and policies and the work of the Board, Executive team and others
  • Evidence of the improvements in the speaking up culture and behaviours, the value gained for the organisation, and how this was measured, with details of how it has made a positive impact on the quality of patient care and worker experience


  • Significant engagement from workers and evidence that the workforce has confidence in speaking up achieving outcomes
  • Development of a culture in which all workers know how to speak up and believe that it will be taken seriously, and used to guide improvements
  • Evidence of a culture where managers at all levels can demonstrate that they role model speaking up and listen up and follow up when workers speak up to them.

To find out more

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Judging and event management, contact Sheena Patel 0207 608 9039