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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.

Training, 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.

Anyone providing a service for the NHS needs to know about the National Whistleblowing Standards.

To help with this, the INWO team have created two learning programmes. One is for staff needing an overview of the Standards and the other is for managers. The managers’ programme is for any person working in the NHS who is likely to receive concerns. It covers in-depth what a manager needs to know to be able to respond to a concern.

The modules are now available on the Turas website. Click here to access them. 

A step-by-step guide for NHS boards on what to do now to implement the National Whistleblowing Standards in advance of the INWO go-live date of 1 April 2021. Read implementation guidance.

Information about what to consider when receiving a whistleblowing concern. Read guidance here.

Getting information out to staff about the new National Whistleblowing Standards will be fundamental to their success. It is important that each NHS provider shares the right information with staff, students and volunteers. It is also important to publicise what arrangements are in place for raising concerns at the local level.

To help with this, we have developed suggested text which can be used in your local communication materials. The suggested text provides key messages and information which are accurate and concise, for boards and other NHS providers.

Local communications teams are encouraged to adapt this content for leaflets and webpages, adding local contact details and logos, and any other additional content as appropriate.

Frequently Asked Questions about the National Whistleblowing Standards and their implementation. Read FAQs here.

Browse our directory of case studies for examples from a wide range of categories. Visit the case studies directory here.


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 operates a free advice phone line. 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: March 3, 2021