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Freedom to Speak Up team win at the HSJ Awards

Date: 18 November 2022

Our Freedom to Speak Up (FTSU) team has been recognised for their outstanding efforts and achievements at the HSJ Awards.

The HSJ Awards are one of the most prestigious healthcare awards in the UK and our FTSU team won the Freedom to Speak Up Award at the ceremony in London on Thursday 17 November.

The Freedom to Speak Up Award recognises the efforts of healthcare providers to embed an open and transparent culture where individuals are encouraged and empowered to speak up. Our team took home the award for their outstanding work embedding FTSU ambassadors at SCFT and ensuring that they are fully supported to perform their role.

Donna Lamb, Chief Nurse at Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, commented:

“The award is a true testament to the culture that we are building at SCFT. Being open and honest is incredibly important and enables our staff to continue delivering excellent care within the heart of the community.

The judges commented ‘they would feel safe in an organisation that had this level of focus, professionalism and care.' Our Freedom to Speak Up Guardian and Ambassadors are there to support staff to ‘speak up' which helps us to improve. We are delighted that their work has been recognised.”

Our Trust's FTSU team is led by Mary Bell, our Freedom to Speak Up Guardian, who works alongside leadership teams to promote an open and transparent place to work.

Mary is supported by our Freedom to Speak Up Ambassadors, who are there to give our staff a voice if they have a concern at work. Speaking up is incredibly important as it helps us to keep improving our service for patients, clients and carers, and for our colleagues at work.

Congratulations to Mary and all the Ambassadors for the wonderful work they do!