New whistleblowing policy for the NHS - have your say

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16 / 11 / 2015 Midnight

We need your thoughts and comments on the new whistleblowing policy for the NHS in England to input into our formal response on behalf of employers.

Monitor, the Trust Development Authority (TDA) and NHS England have launched the eight week consultation today. This follows a recommendation from Sir Robert Francis to have a single national policy to help normalise the raising of concerns.

What this means for employers

It is intended the new policy should be adopted by all NHS organisations in England except those in primary care. While Monitor, the TDA and NHS England recognise there are already good policies and practices in place, there is a need to ensure consistency across the NHS. 

The consultation seeks your views on the draft policy by asking a series of questions which include:

  • whether you agree with the approach that it should be adopted by all NHS organisations, with the local process sitting beneath it
  • whether the word whistleblowing should be in the title or whether something else would be more appropriate
  • your view on escalation of concerns
  • whether the policy will make it easier for staff to raise concerns, including those who are more vulnerable
  • if there is anything else that would add value to the policy?

Have your say

We would welcome your thoughts and comments on Freedom to speak up: whistleblowing policy for the NHS by Friday 18 December 2015. To feedback to us please email

Employers are also encouraged to respond directly to the consultation online or via email to by 8 January 2016

Further information on raising concerns can be found in our raising concerns at work (whistleblowing) web section. 

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