Whistleblowing in the NHS: independent review

‘Freedom to speak up?’ is an independent review into creating an open and honest reporting culture in the NHS.

The review, chaired by Sir Robert Francis QC, will provide independent advice and recommendations to ensure that:

  • NHS workers can raise concerns in the public interest with confidence that they will not suffer detriment as a result
  • appropriate action is taken when concerns are raised by NHS workers
  • where NHS whistleblowers are mistreated, those mistreating them will be held to account.

The review will consider independent mediation and appeal mechanisms to resolve disputes on whistleblowing fairly.

The review will engage closely with individual NHS workers who say they have suffered detriment as a result of raising legitimate concerns, as well as with employers, trade unions, professional and system regulators and professional representative bodies.

Terms of reference

Read Terms of reference (PDF, 71.7KB, 1 page)

The review will not re-open a case or comment upon any judicial findings.

Advisers from the NHS and other fields chosen for their experience and knowledge in the relevant areas will support the review.

The review will complete its work by the end of November 2014.

More information is on the Freedom to Speak Up website