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  • Whistleblowers’ support scheme

    • UK
    • Processes and systems
    • Pre-existing
    • Public domain
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    • NHS Improvement
    • Health and care staff


    The Whistleblowers' support scheme helps current and former NHS workers who are having difficulty finding suitable employment in the NHS as a result of raising a concern in the public interest. It offers tailored support to help participants develop the skills and confidence needed to remain in or get back into employment. This could include career coaching, advice, CV writing and interview skill practice and work shadowing and work placements.


    The NHS Improvement web page outlines the eligibility criteria and application form.

    Please note: The closing date for applications has now passed. The scheme is not currently considering any further applications. The application process is anticipated to reopen on April 1 2020.

    Whistleblowers’ support scheme https://improvement.nhs.uk/resources/whistleblowers-support-scheme/
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    I believe this scheme can help some people. It's a step in the right direction in my view.

    I have reservations about the coaching aspect though. Many whistleblowers are well respected clinicians and able to sucessfully manage their own careers in a non-toxic environment. They were simply trying to do their job properly when they became 'whistleblowers' and, what was a patient safety issue, suddenly became an employment issue. It's the isolation and blacklisting that they can suffer that's the problem. I'm not sure how this can be overcome.


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    I'm interested to find out when the results of the evaluation study of the scheme, carried out by Liverpool John Moore's University, will be published?

    I've asked NHSI. Had no reply so far.

    If anyone has any update on this is be interested.


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