Health Trust recognised for efforts to give staff the ‘Freedom to Speak Up’

Freedom to Speak Up Awards
Health Trust recognised for efforts to give staff the ‘Freedom to Speak Up’
13 November 2017

Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent NHS Partnership Trust (SSOTP) has been commended for its efforts to create an environment where staff feel comfortable to raise concerns with recognition at a new national awards ceremony.

The Trust was runner-up in the ‘Speaking up together’ category at the first ever Freedom to Speak Up Awards hosted by the National Guardian’s Office which recognises the dedication and excellence of Freedom to Speak Up Guardians working in NHS trusts across the country.

The ‘Speaking up together’ award recognises the connections and partnerships that are being forged to enable all staff to speak up and SSOTPs own Freedom to Speak Up Guardians were delighted to be receive such high praise for their work.

Emma Powell and Helene Donnelly, Ambassadors for Cultural Change and Freedom to Speak up Guardians at SSOTP, attended the awards ceremony in London and accepted a certificate on behalf of the team.

Emma said: “Helene and I were thrilled to accept the certificate on behalf of the team. We have a dedicated team who are passionate about supporting staff to speak up and championing the message of culture change.

“We are committed to sharing the message that all staff at SSOTP are able to raise concerns without fear of repercussions in order to ensure safety and wellbeing for patients, as well as our staff.

“We do this through a network of cultural change champions who help to promote and champion the message of raising concerns in their team and local area to support their colleagues and this has proved to be really successful.”

SSOTP Chief Executive Neil Carr added: “This is a fantastic achievement and recognises all of the work that the Freedom to Speak Up team have put into this programme for staff and patients alike.

“I am determined to lead an organisation where it is as easy as possible for staff to raise a concern and ensure they are supported throughout the whole process to help protect the people we serve and improve our care.”