Freedom To Speak Up: Whistleblowers’ Support Scheme (pilot)


The Whistleblowers’ Support Pilot Scheme for Secondary Care was launched 22 September 2017.


The Freedom to Speak Up, published in  2015, recommended that NHS staff who have raised concerns and suffered detriment as a result should be supported to find alternative employment in the NHS. 

As part of this we're working with a number of whistleblowers and NHS employers to develop a whistleblowers' support scheme for secondary care. 

Pilot support scheme launch

The pilot scheme proposal PDF, 315.3 KB

This proposal sets out our ambition to deliver a whistleblowers’ pilot support scheme for secondary care. The pilot has been developed with the help of former NHS staff who have experience of whistleblowing.

Q&A PDF, 254.0 KB

This document captures some of the questions and answers that arose at the launch event.

Following the launch of the pilot scheme, we held a webinar which outlined the scheme and set out the process for making applications.

You can access a recording of the webinar here.

The application process for the pilot scheme has now closed.

So far, eight people have been accepted onto the scheme and are receiving support. 

The scheme is being evaluated by John Moores University to help shape the future scheme.


Keep up-to-date with the scheme’s progress in their regular newsletter.

To receive a copy of previous newsletters, please email


Any organisations who may have opportunities for scheme participants or wish to make any enquiries about the scheme, please email the support scheme manager on

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