NHS Golden Jubilee is proud to support and encourage an environment where employees can raise concerns about patient safety, malpractice and other forms of harm.
In April 2021, a new process was implanted for raising these concerns with a renewed focus on:
A 3-stage process has been developed by the Independent National Whistleblowing Officer (INWO), with the procedures detailed in the National Whistleblowing Standards. The first two stages are for NHS Golden Jubilee to deliver, with INWO acting as a final independent review stage. If the individual remains dissatisfied, they are able to escalate this for external review to the Independent National Whistleblowing Officer.
This process gives staff the support and protection needed to feel confident raising concerns if they see something wrong. Full details can be found at this link.
Below, you will find videos and useful links to support materials and information around Whistleblowing, including details of your Confidential Contacts and Whistleblowing Champion within the organisation.
Training is available for all staff in NHSScotland, including students, contractors and volunteers. These modules will teach you about the National Whistleblowing Standards and the role of the Independent National Whistleblowing Officer (INWO).
The modules have been provided by the INWO and are set out in two different learning programmes:
You can find these modules here.
NHS board has a dedicated Whistleblowing Champion who monitors and supports the effective delivery of their whistleblowing policy. This role has been developed by the Scottish Government and complements the work of the INWO.
Your Whistleblowing Champion is to help provide you with the assurance that our Board is complying with our Whistleblowing responsibilities. This involves providing critical oversight and ensuring managers are responding to Whistleblowing concerns appropriately.
This individual will also have responsibility for ensuring that we have appropriate systems in place to ensure our services delivered indirectly, including primary care, contracted services and those offered by HSCPs are meeting the requirements and standards.
More information, can be found here.
As part of our team at NHS Golden Jubilee, you will also have access to support from our Confidential Contacts. These are individuals who are independent of normal management structures and have the capacity and capability to be an initial point of contact for staff from all across the organisation who want to raise concerns.
The confidential contact must support staff by providing a safe space to discuss the concern, and assist the staff member in raising their concern with an appropriate manager.
In particular, Confidential Contacts are required to:
More information is available on our Confidential Contacts Page.
Alternatively, full information about the responsibilities of staff across the organisation is available here
along with FAQs.
Please be aware that the Whistleblowing Standards do not apply to grievances, only concerns which they feel are in the public interest. The majority of issues raised through Whistleblowing will be from a witness who may have no direct involvement in the concern they are raising, but they are attempting to tell management about risks they have identified and the impact this could have on others.
Any issues which incorporate bullying or harassment, their employment situation, rights or how they have been treated are not covered by the Whistleblowing Standards, and should be raised through the appropriate channels. More information is available here.
Raising a Concern
If you have any concerns or issues that you wish to raise and have recorded through the Whistleblowing Standards, please get in touch by emailing: Corporate.Governance@gjnh.scot.nhs.uk.