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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
  • Moving from business as usual into the Standards
A cleaner within a hospital has noticed that new cleaning chemicals for the hospital have come in without appropriate… January 2020
  • Handling a concern directly at Stage 2 due to timescales
  • Health and social care setting
  • Using the confidential contact
  • Where business as usual has not worked
  • ‘Masking’ an investigation
A physiotherapist working in a rehab service notices issues with social work assessments for their clients… January 2020
  • Concern involving HR
  • Health and social care setting
  • Using the confidential contact
  • Where business as usual has not worked
A social care worker in an integrated health and social care team raises concerns that staff from across the service are… January 2020
  • Concern involving fraud
  • Concern within a small organisation
  • Primary care concern involving the board
A practice nurse becomes aware that a district nurse is claiming for over-time from the board for hours they are not… January 2020
  • 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