All of us at one time or another may have concerns about what is happening at work. Usually these concerns are easily resolved. When they are about unlawful conduct, financial malpractice or dangers to the public or the environment it can be difficult to know what to do. This Policy is designed to provide guidance and support when raising concerns about wrongdoing in the workplace.
The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 is intended to encourage employees to raise their concerns internally, in a responsible way initially, if there is a practice within the organisation which they believe to be of interest to the public without fear of detrimental treatment.
Safety should be at the heart of all care, and must be underpinned by a just culture which is open and transparent. This leads to increased reporting, learning and sharing of incidents, and best practice. As a Trust, we recognise that this is the responsibility of everyone involved in the provision of health and social care services.
The Trust is committed to working with Staff Side Partners, towards ensuring that all individuals are treated in a service which is open to feedback, and encourages as well as supports its staff to raise concerns.
Staff Side engagement in the development and delivery of our services is fundamental in this. Registered health care workers have a duty to follow their professional codes of conduct, but equally we as an organisation have developed a Values frame work (Living our Values)
Individuals providing care services should always feel free to raise concerns through local processes and be supported to do so directly with the Trust, professional regulatory body, professional association, regulator or union.
There is training available for staff on Public Interest Disclosure, this training can be found through their virtual college account.
Click here to view the Public Interest Disclosure Policy
Online Public Interest Disclosure Pathway
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To raise a concern or report a suspected fraud, call the NHS Protect reporting fraud helpline, 0800 028 4060, or visit their website