DWMH shortlisted for national award

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (DWMH) has been shortlisted for a prestigious award for its work in developing a culture which empowers staff to speak up about any concerns they have.

The Trust has been shortlisted in the Freedom to Speak up Organisation of the Year category in the Health Service Journal Awards, which are one of the largest celebrations of healthcare excellence in the world, recognising and promoting the finest achievements in the NHS.

Over the past few years the Trust has done a lot of work in creating an environment where staff feel supported to speak up and raise issues so they can be addressed. Alongside traditional whistleblowing routes, staff can also raise concerns anonymously through an online reporting tool or directly through the Freedom to Speak Up Guardian or workplace advisors who offer confidential support and advice.

Michael Hirons, Staff Engagement Lead and Freedom to Speak Up Guardian said: “We have worked hard to embed a culture of openness across the Trust, supporting staff so they feel safe and supported in speaking up if they have any concerns. Whilst we know there is more to do, we are delighted to have made the shortlist and hope to use this accolade to share learning with others.”

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 6 November in London.