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Trust ‘Freedom to Speak Up’ Champions – nominate now!

• Are you passionate about creating a culture of openness and honesty at BCPFT?
• Do you believe and demonstrate our Trust values and behaviours?
• Do you have excellent communication skills, and show empathy and compassion for others?
• Can you be an advocate for staff, patients, carers, families and our community?

These are the qualities and attributes that we need at BCPFT for our new ‘Freedom to Speak Up’ (FTSU) Champions. Individuals can nominate themselves or a colleague for the role. The Trust require two candidates per Division and two for Corporate (ten in total). All Champions will be chosen by their peers – meaning you have the opportunity to choose your Champion!

We are a Trust that believes openness and honesty is important, and we are working hard to develop an open, inclusive and collaborative culture. If staff need to raise a concern we want them to feel that they are encouraged to speak out and supported throughout.

In October we will be appointing a ‘Freedom to Speak Up’ Guardian. This Guardian will be an independent and impartial source of advice to staff; provide access to anyone in the organisation, including the Chief Executive to raise issues; support a focus on safety, learning and proper handling of cases; and be an honest broker by monitoring separation of performance from speaking up issues.

The Guardian will be supported by our FTSU Champions who will play an important role in encouraging staff in raising concerns at the earliest reasonable opportunity. They will act as ambassadors for the Trust Raising Concerns at Work (Whistleblowing) Policy and the FTSU work. Champions will receive training to support them in their role.

The role will have a direct impact on continuously improving safety and quality for our service users, carers and families, as well as enhancing the experience of our staff.

Guidance

How to nominate a champion

·         Read the guidance on the nomination form which details the role of the champion, and the required behaviours and attributes

·         To help you complete your nomination you may wish to get further information:

o    On our Trust Raising Concerns at Work (Whistleblowing) Policy

o    On FTSU online at Freedom to Speak Up Guardian hub 

·         You can nominate yourself or a colleague (if you nominate a colleague you must consult them and gain their agreement prior to sending in the nomination form)

·           document Complete the nomination form and send:

o    By email to Deborah Earl (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

o    By post to Deborah Earl , BCPFT, Delta House, Greets Green Road, West Bromwich B70 9PL

·         Completed nomination forms must be received by 5.00pm on Friday 21 October 2016
How we will choose our champions

·         All candidates will be chosen by their peers

·         Voting will open on Thursday 3rd November 2016 and close on Friday 25 November 2016

·         Candidate names and statements will be posted on the intranet

·         To vote staff can:

o    Email Deborah Earl (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with the name of their chosen candidate

o    Post the name of their chosen candidate to Deborah Earl, BCPFT, Delta House, Greets Green Road, West Bromwich B70 9PL

·         Staff can only vote once for one candidate

·         Staff can vote for the candidate they nominated

·         Staff can vote for a candidate in another area of the Trust e.g. If you are in the Mental Health Division you can vote for a candidate in Corporate Services