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INWO update

The go-live date for the implementation of the National Whistleblowing Standards and the full Independent National Whistleblowing Officer (INWO) service will be 1 April 2021. Read more

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The following information is shared to prepare for implementation of the National Whistleblowing Standards by 1 April 2021.

Case studies

Categories Excerpt Date
  • Potentially malicious concern
A manager is approached by a nurse who says that they would like to initiate the whistleblowing procedure for concerns… January 2020
  • Concern involving a contractor
  • Serious concern requiring Stage 2 investigation
  • Staff feeling vulnerable
  • Using the confidential contact
A lab technician for a national NHS contract is concerned that there is a problem with the blood tests their company… January 2020
  • Concern involving a contractor
  • Health and social care setting
  • Where business as usual has not worked
A health care assistant in a day centre for older people is concerned that one of their regular visitors is not… January 2020
  • Concern within a small organisation
  • Primary care concern involving the board
  • Where business as usual has not worked
A physiotherapist that works regularly in a health centre has concerns that confidential information is not being stored… January 2020
  • Concern involving a contractor
  • Concern involving fraud
  • Serious concern requiring Stage 2 investigation
A care assistant working in a surgical ward noticed that the cleaners attended to clean the bathroom off a small ward… January 2020
  • Concern involving agency staff
  • Concern involving fraud
  • Concern within a small organisation
  • Where business as usual has not worked
A locum pharmacist worked for two weeks at a community pharmacy… January 2020
  • Moving from business as usual into the Standards
  • Staff feeling vulnerable
  • Where business as usual has not worked
A support worker regularly attends multi-disciplinary team meetings regarding the care of a patient who they have day-to… January 2020
  • Concern about senior management
  • Concern involving fraud
  • Serious concern requiring Stage 2 investigation
A secretary for a director of a board is concerned that the director has submitted multiple fraudulent expense claims… January 2020
  • Concern involving a volunteer
  • Concern involving HR
  • Serious concern requiring Stage 2 investigation
A volunteer in a children’s ward comes in to read to the children once a week… January 2020
  • Advice from INWO
  • Concern within a small organisation
  • Primary care concern involving the board
  • Using the confidential contact
A dental nurse has concerns that equipment at the surgery isn’t being serviced and maintained appropriately… January 2020