A Freedom to Speak Up Guardian from The Mid Yorkshire Hospital’s NHS Trust has won a national award at the Freedom to Speak Up Awards 2017.
Freedom to Speak Up Guardian, Kirsty McMullan, picked up the award, for ‘Leading the change to speaking up becoming business as usual’ category on behalf of The Mid Yorkshire Hospital’s NHS Trust (MYHT), and also came runner up in the category ‘Freedom to Speak Up Guardian or network of the year’.
The Trust was nominated for three different categories in total and shortlisted for two awards at the national Freedom to Speak Up Awards 2017, held at County Hall in London last Thursday.
The National Guardian's Office launched its new Freedom to Speak Up (FTSU) 2017 awards this year, to recognise and celebrate the fantastic work being done in NHS trusts to improve the culture of speaking up.
The appointment of Freedom to Speak Up (FTSU) guardians in NHS Trusts was recommended by Sir Robert Francis, following his review and subsequent report into the failings in Mid-Staffordshire.
A FTSU guardian has a key role in helping to raise the profile of raising concerns in Hospital Trusts and provides confidential advice and support to staff.
The FTSU guardian doesn't get involved in investigations or complaints, but helps to facilitate the raising concerns process where needed, ensuring organisational policies are followed correctly.
Kirsty McMullan, Freedom to Speak Up Guardian at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust said; “I am absolutely delighted to have won this award for the Trust. I have received fantastic support and commitment from our Trust Board which has provided opportunities for change and a transparency within the Trust.
“It is really important that staff not only feel able to raise concerns if they see something that they think isn’t right or that may compromise safe patient care, but that they know they will be listened to and supported by the Trust if they do raise a concern. This is absolutely what we are about at MYHT and that is why we are thinking of as many ways as possible to make it easier for staff to raise any concerns they may have.”
Martin Barkley, Chief Executive, at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said;
“We want to ensure we have a culture where our staff feel able to raise any concerns they may have with the utmost confidence - and that we will support them every step of the way and make any changes necessary to ensure we always offer safe care to our patients.
“The best organisations encourage an open culture where staff have no fear in raising concerns. The appointment of Kirsty McMullan as our Freedom to Speak Up Guardian is proving a key step in achieving this open culture and we are delighted her excellent work and contribution has been recognised nationally.”