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 was 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. This policy has been developed in both consideration and spirit of the following:
- Public Disclosure Act 1998 NHS Guidance associated with this Act (HSC 1999/198)
- NHS Constitution,
- Francis Report
- The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill (2013)
- The Trust’s Values Children Act 2004 No Secrets 2000
This Policy is intended to be used by individuals wishing to raise concerns where the interests of others or of the Trust are at risk. The policy ensures that workers have a proper and widely publicised procedure for voicing their concerns.
The Policy applies to all workers this includes contractors, external consultants, agency staff and volunteers. It also covers employees of the Trust who work in premises that are not owned or operated by the Trust Trainees on work experience programmes, where the training is provided under a contract of employment or by any university, college, school or educational establishment are also covered by this Policy.
Link to the full Policy:
Link to the Equalities Impact Analysis: