Freedom to Speak Up was a key recommendation from Sir Robert Francis’ Freedom to Speak Up Review in response to the Mid-Staffordshire scandal and is now an integral part of the Secondary Care sector. Over 12,000 cases were brought to Freedom to Speak Up Guardians in trusts over the past 18 months, with guardian roles also established in independent sector organisations and Arm’s-Length Bodies.
Entrants will need to detail examples of how their organisation has addressed issues raised by workers, and how they have embedded the learning. Judges will be interested in how the culture of the organisation supported the worker to speak up and how the leadership of the organisation has embraced the opportunity to improve.
Any organisation in the healthcare sector that can demonstrate the impact of someone in a speaking up role is welcome to enter this award. This includes providers and trusts, regulators and arms-length bodies, private hospital providers, care homes, CCGs, GP practices and charities