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Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblowing)

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All of us at one time or another may have concerns about what is happening at work. Usually these concerns are easily resolved. When they are about unlawful conduct, financial malpractice or dangers to the public or the environment it can be difficult to know what to do. This Policy is designed to provide guidance and support when raising concerns about wrongdoing in the workplace.

The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 is intended to encourage employees to raise their concerns internally, in a responsible way initially, if there is a practice within the organisation which they believe to be of interest to the public without fear of detrimental treatment.

Safety should be at the heart of all care, and must be underpinned by a just culture which is open and transparent. This leads to increased reporting, learning and sharing of incidents, and best practice. As a Trust, we recognise that this is the responsibility of everyone involved in the provision of health and social care services.

The Trust is committed to working with Staff Side Partners, towards ensuring that all individuals are treated in a service which is open to feedback, and encourages as well as supports its staff to raise concerns.

Staff Side engagement in the development and delivery of our services is fundamental in this. Registered health care workers have a duty to follow their professional codes of conduct, but equally we as an organisation have developed a Values frame work (Living our Values)

Individuals providing care services should always feel free to raise concerns through local processes and be supported to do so directly with the Trust, professional regulatory body, professional association, regulator or union.

There is training available for staff on Public Interest Disclosure, this training can be found through their virtual college account.

Click here to view the Public Interest Disclosure Policy

Raising Concerns Poster

Download the raising concerns poster

Online Public Interest Disclosure Pathway

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Does the concern relate to the abuse or neglect of a service user or child?

Follow safeguard procedures

Does the concern relate to Fraud, Financial irregularity or Corruption?

Contact the National Fraud Line either by using their online reporting system or phoning 0800 028 4060.

Alternatively contact the Director of Finance or the Local Counter Fraud Specialist

Does the concern relate to a serious breach of security?

Contact the Trust’s Local Security Management Specialist

Raise concern with Line Manager

Resolved?

Feedback given to Whistleblower completed Appendix 1 sent to HR

Raise concern with next Line Manager

Resolved?

Feedback given to Whistleblower completed Appendix 1 sent to HR

Raise Concern with Non-Executive Director (NED)

Does the concern relate to the Chief Executive (CE)?

1. NED Raises concern with Chair

2. Investigate Informally/Formally & Complete Appendix 1

3. Feedback to CE or nominated representative

4. CE or nominated representative feedback to Whistleblower & Completed Appendix 1 sent to HR

5. CE or nominated representative to feedback to line manager or Head of Service as appropriate where changes to systems, processes, policy, working practices or other changes are required or recommended arising from the investigation.

1. NED Raises concern with Chief Executive

2. Investigate Informally/Formally & Complete Appendix 1

3. Feedback to CE or nominated representative

4. CE or nominated representative feedback to Whistleblower & Completed Appendix 1 sent to HR

5. CE or nominated representative to feedback to line manager or Head of Service as appropriate where changes to systems, processes, policy, working practices or other changes are required or recommended arising from the investigation.

Raise Concern with Non-Executive Director (NED)

Does the concern relate to the Chief Executive (CE)?

1. NED Raises concern with Chair

2. Investigate Informally/Formally & Complete Appendix 1

3. Feedback to CE or nominated representative

4. CE or nominated representative feedback to Whistleblower & Completed Appendix 1 sent to HR

5. CE or nominated representative to feedback to line manager or Head of Service as appropriate where changes to systems, processes, policy, working practices or other changes are required or recommended arising from the investigation.

1. NED Raises concern with Chief Executive

2. Investigate Informally/Formally & Complete Appendix 1

3. Feedback to CE or nominated representative

4. CE or nominated representative feedback to Whistleblower & Completed Appendix 1 sent to HR

5. CE or nominated representative to feedback to line manager or Head of Service as appropriate where changes to systems, processes, policy, working practices or other changes are required or recommended arising from the investigation.

5. CE or nominated representative to feedback to line manager or Head of Service as appropriate where changes to systems, processes, policy, working practices or other changes are required or recommended arising from the investigation.

Raise concern with next Line Manager

Resolved?

Feedback given to Whistleblower completed Appendix 1 sent to HR

Raise Concern with Non-Executive Director (NED)

Does the concern relate to the Chief Executive (CE)?

1. NED Raises concern with Chair

2. Investigate Informally/Formally & Complete Appendix 1

3. Feedback to CE or nominated representative

4. CE or nominated representative feedback to Whistleblower & Completed Appendix 1 sent to HR

5. CE or nominated representative to feedback to line manager or Head of Service as appropriate where changes to systems, processes, policy, working practices or other changes are required or recommended arising from the investigation.

1. NED Raises concern with Chief Executive

2. Investigate Informally/Formally & Complete Appendix 1

3. Feedback to CE or nominated representative

4. CE or nominated representative feedback to Whistleblower & Completed Appendix 1 sent to HR

5. CE or nominated representative to feedback to line manager or Head of Service as appropriate where changes to systems, processes, policy, working practices or other changes are required or recommended arising from the investigation.

Raise Concern with Non-Executive Director (NED)

Does the concern relate to the Chief Executive (CE)?

1. NED Raises concern with Chair

2. Investigate Informally/Formally & Complete Appendix 1

3. Feedback to CE or nominated representative

4. CE or nominated representative feedback to Whistleblower & Completed Appendix 1 sent to HR

5. CE or nominated representative to feedback to line manager or Head of Service as appropriate where changes to systems, processes, policy, working practices or other changes are required or recommended arising from the investigation.

1. NED Raises concern with Chief Executive

2. Investigate Informally/Formally & Complete Appendix 1

3. Feedback to CE or nominated representative

4. CE or nominated representative feedback to Whistleblower & Completed Appendix 1 sent to HR

5. CE or nominated representative to feedback to line manager or Head of Service as appropriate where changes to systems, processes, policy, working practices or other changes are required or recommended arising from the investigation.

5. CE or nominated representative to feedback to line manager or Head of Service as appropriate where changes to systems, processes, policy, working practices or other changes are required or recommended arising from the investigation.

Report Fraud

To raise a concern or report a suspected fraud, call the NHS Protect reporting fraud helpline, 0800 028 4060, or visit their website

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