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


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

Guidance and resources

In this area you will find additional information and guidance on how to implement the National Whistleblowing Standards and how to handle whistleblowing concerns in your organisation.

    Guidance for people receiving concerns

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    Directory of case studies

    Advice line

    To assist with implementation, and to ensure those wanting to raise concerns have access to all the information they need in relation to the Standards, the INWO team will operate a free advice phone line from
    1 November 2020
    .  You can contact the team on:

                            Freephone: 0800 008 6112            

    This service is open to all NHS providers, staff and members of the public.  

    The INWO team will be available to offer the following advice:

    • Information on transitional arrangements, including signposting whistleblowers who need to raise concerns before 1 April 2021
    • Support and advice on implementation of the National Whistleblowing Standards
    • General enquiries from members of the public.

    Updated: October 15, 2020