Freedom to Speak Up awards and new inspection guidance for guardians

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The National Guardian's Office has launched new Freedom to Speak Up (FTSU) 2017 awards to recognise and celebrate the fantastic work being done in NHS trusts to improve the culture of speaking up. They have also developed helpful information for FTSU guardians to assist with Care Quality Commission inspections, particularly in relation to how guardians can demonstrate how FTSU is contributing to the 'well-led' domain. 

Award categories

The five FTSU award categories are as follows:

  • Freedom to Speak Up Guardian or Network of the Year – recognising excellence in promoting and supporting Freedom to Speak Up across a trust.
  • Speaking Up – the Freedom to Speak Up communication award – recognising creativity and innovation in spreading the Freedom to Speak Up message.
  • Speaking Up Together – the Freedom to Speak Up partnership award – recognising the connections and partnerships that are being forged to enable all staff to speak up.
  • Learning from speaking up – the Freedom to Speak Up learning award – recognising how speaking up is being used to promote learning and improvement.
  • Leading the change to speaking up becoming business as usual – the Freedom to Speak Up leadership award – recognising any team or individual that is demonstrating the leadership that will create the change to making speaking up becoming business as usual.

How to get involved

Nominate a team or individual who is making a difference in your trust using the National Guardian's Office Freedom to Speak Up Awards nomination form. Nominations should be sent to no later than Friday 25 August 2017.

Shortlisted teams or individuals will be informed towards the end of September and the awards will be presented as part of Freedom to Speak Up Guardian Day on 19 October 2017. Good luck!

New information for FTSU guardians on CQC inspections

One of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection domains determines whether a service is well-led. The National Guardian's Office has worked closely with the CQC to ensure that an assessment of speaking up is at the heart of inspecting the well-led domain. Employers are encouraged to work with guardians to ensure they can evidence answers to some of the questions that may be asked. Download the new information from the National Guardian's Office website

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