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INWO update

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

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January 2020: The following information is shared to prepare for implementation - date to be confirmed

Case studies

Categories Excerpt Date
  • Concern involving agency staff
  • Serious concern requiring Stage 2 investigation
A bank nurse on a care of the elderly ward raised concerns with the bank about the treatment and neglect of patients… January 2020
  • Concern moving from Stage 1 to Stage 2
  • Serious concern requiring Stage 2 investigation
  • Staff feeling vulnerable
An experienced hospital administrator was working in a team of ten, which had significant staff turnover and had to… January 2020
  • 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