Resources, learning and guidance 

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This section provides a range of resources including guidance, posters and other tools that managers can use to help them embed a more positive, supportive culture when tackling concerns in the workplace.

Resources

 Raising concerns poster for staff

Our staff facing poster has been designed for managers to use in your staff communications to help raise awareness of raising concerns and the correct process for doing so. It provides examples of public interest concerns, the process for effectively raising them and where staff can access further information. 

Raising concerns awareness posters

We worked with the Social Partnership Forum to produce three downloadable raising concerns posters. 

Each design can be customised by inserting your organisations name and contact details of your guardian in the free text boxes.

Ten top tips for raising concerns

Ten top tips for raising concerns can be used as a payslip insert, a handout for staff or can be shared electronically on your local intranet. Download your copy from our case studies and resources section.

Frequently asked questions

See our FAQs section for answers to the most frequently asked employer questions relating to whistleblowing policy, effective arrangements and what the law says.

Shared learning and hearing from you

The following examples highlight how NHS Trusts are improving their raising concerns culture by working with different parts of the organisation and engaging with staff. This section will be subject to regular updates to promote local activity. If you have further examples you would like to share with us, please get in touch by emailing the team at raisingconcerns@nhsemployers.org. 
 
  • Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust has introduced an engagement platform, designed to engage all staff both in the hospital and community settings. Find out the benefits so far in 'How to engage 4,500 staff over 1,500 miles'.
  • Northumbria NHS Foundation Trust has created a culture where staff feel able to openly raise concerns. Find out how the trust managed a large service configuration and how they communicated with staff during large scale change in 'Raising concerns in a good culture - the journey so far'.

Guidance 

Employers may find it useful to refer to the following guidance.
 

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