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This page provides a number of useful links and resources for nurses, midwives and care staff that would like to know more about raising concerns (whistleblowing) within the workplace.
Although NHS Employers cannot respond to individual cases, we recognise that nurses, midwives and care staff do a fantastic job, often in challenging circumstances and we continue to work closely with NHS organisations to ensure staff feel confidence when it comes to raising concerns within their trust or organisation. It is appreciated that it takes courage to raise a concern, and therefore to make the process simple and clear to understand the following editable resources have been developed to increase awareness of your organisations raising concerns (whistleblowing) policy or process.
These resources include:
We would always encourage you to raise concerns with your organisation informally, and at the lowest level where possible, however help and advice from independent bodies can be beneficial in understanding how to go through the process accordingly and to seek confidential advice. You will also find your organisations policy on raising concerns on your organisation intranet site, through your HR department or a union representative.
Further useful guidance for nurses, midwives and care staff
Extensive guidelines on how to raise a concern and how to escalate a concern where appropriate, with regulatory bodies can also be found on the following websites:
- National Whistleblowing helpline - this service offers free, confidential advice to all staff within the NHS and Social care. They can also be contacted on their free helpline number which is 08000 724 725. The phone line is open from Mon-Fri 8am-6pm. There is an answering machine service outside of these hours.
- Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) - guidance and toolkits for nursing and midwifery
- Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) - guidance for health care professionals
- Care Quality Commission (CQC) - guidance for health and care staff about how you can escalate a concern with the CQC