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Office closure & INWO update

Please note that we are closed on Monday 21 September 2020 for the Autumn public holiday.  Our contact form can still be used, however, it will not be received by us until we reopen on Tuesday.  

Given the understandable disruption to NHS services during COVID-19, we are working closely with our colleagues in the Scottish Government to ensure that the launch of the INWO and implementation of the National Whistleblowing Standards comes at a suitable time and takes into account both the pressures caused by the pandemic and the usual pressures the winter season presents. We expect to announce a revised date for implementation soon, but to be clear, it will NOT be July 2020 as originally advised. Read more

About the Independent National Whistleblowing Officer

The Scottish Public Services Ombudsman will be taking up the role of the Independent National Whistleblowing Officer (INWO). The aim is to make sure everyone delivering NHS services in Scotland is able to speak out to raise concerns, ultimately contributing to ensuring that the NHS in Scotland is as well run as possible.

The INWO has developed a set of National Whistleblowing Standards that set out the high level principles and a detailed procedure for investigating concerns.

Find out more via the menu links on the right.

Updated: July 21, 2020