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Whistleblowing arrangements: NHSScotland PIN policy

Published: 6 Dec 2011

This Partnership Information Network (PIN) policy aims to ensure that staff can safely raise concerns where they are witness to risk, malpractice or wrongdoing that affects others.

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Whistleblowing arrangements: NHSScotland PIN policy
Annex A: Suggested Wording for Quick Reference Guide

30 page PDF

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Annex A: Suggested Wording for Quick Reference Guide

Whistleblowing

If you are worried that something wrong or dangerous is happening at work, please don't keep it to yourself. Unless you tell us about any concerns you may have about fraud, safety risks including clinical safety, or other wrongdoing, the chances are we won't find out until it's too late.

As some of you may be nervous about raising such matters, here are some tips:

  • Raise it when it's a concern - we won't ask you to prove it;
  • Keep it in perspective - there may be an innocent explanation;
  • It will help us if you can say how you think things can be put right;
  • Stay calm - you're doing the right thing; and
  • If for whatever reason you are worried about raising it with your manager, please follow the steps shown below.

How to raise a concern about serious malpractice

  • We hope that you will feel able to tell your line manager;
  • If for whatever reason you are uneasy about this or your manager's response doesn't seem right, you should contact: [add contacts from policy, including your local trade union/professional organisation representatives];
  • If you want to talk to them in confidence, just say so. If you prefer to put it in writing, that's fine but please tell them who you are; and
  • If you want confidential advice first, you can talk to your local trade union/professional organisation representative. You may also wish to contact some of the independent organisations listed at the end of this policy.