Freedom to speak up: Whistleblowers’ Support Scheme


We've launched the Whistleblowers’ Support Scheme for Secondary Care.


The Freedom to Speak Up report came out in 2015 and 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.

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.


The first newsletter for the scheme was circulated in July 2017.

Our latest newsletter is available here.

January monthly update

Whistleblowers Support (Pilot) Scheme – secondary care

The first cohort of participants are now on the scheme

The first participants of the Whistleblowers Support (pilot) Scheme have now commenced on the scheme.

So far, seven whistleblowers have been accepted onto the scheme and have already had their first contact with the support services provider. 

We have kept the application process open throughout the month and more potential applicants are currently considering making application.


Our evaluation services provider, (John Moore’s University), have now been able to make contact with the majority of the applicants and panel members of the scheme. 

An online confidential survey has been circulated via many organisations and everyone who wishes to take part in the survey are encouraged to do so via the Whistleblowers support scheme questionnaire.

This is an independent survey carried out by John Moore’s University and all feedback is completely confidential and on a voluntary basis.  A summary review will be given to NHS Improvement once the evaluation is complete.


NHS Improvement continue to receive offers of support for the scheme from NHS employers and are currently contacting employers within the scheme participants localities  to explore opportunities and provide access to libraries, periodicals and journals.

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

For all enquiries regarding the scheme, application process or progress of the scheme please email the scheme manager on

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