Encouraging staff to speak up

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust has been highlighted as a high performing trust for its speaking up culture in a national report.

The Trust scored 80 per cent in the Freedom to Speak Up Index, which monitors speaking up cultures across the NHS. Not only has the Trust achieved a high score on the index, it’s the best performing NHS trust across the Black Country.

Michael Hirons, Freedom to Speak Up Guardian for the Trust said: “We have worked hard on developing an open and supportive culture for staff and are delighted to receive this national recognition. For us, Freedom to Speak Up is about creating and sustaining a culture where anyone can raise any issues without fear or favour.”

Along with achieving this recent accolade, the trust is also a finalist in the annual Health Service Journal Awards for its work around Freedom to Speak Up.

The report, published recently by the National Guardians Office, scored NHS trusts based on responses from the annual NHS staff survey. Along with finding out how they rank compared to others, the report aims to share best practice and encourages trusts to continually improve their own processes and practices.