Whistleblowing champions appointed in Scotland

NHS Scotland has appointed 19 whistleblowing champions to health boards across the country, with the aim of creating a more honest and open workplace culture.

The whistleblowing champion role builds on existing support in place for whistleblowers within the NHS, and the introduction of these roles forms part of a wider package of measures which will further strengthen and enhance the current policy architecture in NHS Scotland. Other measures include:

  • Introduction of legislation to allow the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman to take on the role of the Independent National Whistleblowing Officer for NHS Scotland, which will go live this summe.
  • Review of workforce policies, including the whistleblowing policy, to ensure that they are person-centred, and applied consistently across all health boards.

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said: "The NHS in Scotland does a fantastic job of looking after patients but it is just as important that NHS staff experience the care and respect they show to others. I am confident that these appointments will help create a better working environment for all."