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NHS Trust rated best in the country for two years running in National Guardian’s report

by Sarah Turner | Jul 09, 2020

Dr Henrietta Hughes OBE, National Guardian for the NHS has published her second national Freedom to Speak Up Index report today (Thursday 9 July 2020).

For the second year running, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, which delivers community health services across the East of England, is the highest ranked NHS Trust in the country.

Welcoming this national recognition, Mary Elford, Chair of Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, said: “I am so proud that our commitment to building a culture where people feel safe to express their concerns, as well as their ideas for improvement, and have confidence that these will be acted upon has been recognised for the second year running. There is always more we can do, and we will continue to build on this success, including through our network of Freedom to Speak Up Champions.”

Matthew Winn, Trust Chief Executive, added: “It is great news that the views of our staff have led to our Trust being rated the best NHS Trust in the country for encouraging staff to raise their concerns.  As the Index report identifies, a positive speaking up culture is usually seen in Trusts, such as ours, rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission, and is therefore directly linked to how our staff provide high quality and safe care for residents across the East of England. I am always inspired by all the great work our staff do and the compassionate way they do it.”

Dr Henrietta Hughes OBE, National Guardian for the NHS, commended the Trust saying: “Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust deserves enormous credit for being the highest ranked trust overall on the Freedom to Speak Up Index for the second year running. Looking at the figures in more detail reveals that the trust also attained the highest percentage in relation to staff agreeing that they would feel secure raising concerns about clinical practice, with 82.1 per cent, compared to the national average of 71.7 per cent. I very much hope other trusts are able to look to what they are doing in order to achieve similar results and that Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust continues to strive to make speaking up business as usual.”

We are outstanding

Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust staff celebrating being awarded an Outstanding rating by the Care Quality Commission. Photograph taken prior to social distancing requirements.

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