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Medical professionals have professional responsibilities to raise concerns about matters which may harm patients or colleagues. Whistle blowing is the act of reporting these concerns about malpractice, wrongdoing or fraud.  Within the NHS and social care sector these issues have the potential to undermine public confidence in these vital services and threaten patient safety.

If you are working in this situation but don’t know what to do, or who to turn to about your concerns, NHS Employers is the leading source of signposting, advice and guidance.

Health Education England (HEE) Wessex fully support a trainee’s right to raise their concerns about the organisation within which they work or other organisations associated with it. All NHS bodies are required to have whistleblowing policies and trainees are encouraged to use these if they have a genuine concern about the issues identified above. This may be available on the LEP website or intranet or alternatively directly by request from their Human Resources Department.

Concerns can also be raised with the Trust Director of Medical Education, Head of School, Training Programme Director or Educational Supervisor. Early resolution closest to the concern is normally the preferred route.

Although approaches made directly to HEE Wessex in the first instance are most likely to be directed to one of the above, concerned individuals may be able to discuss the most appropriate route for support, or for formal whistle blowing, with the Postgraduate Dean (or nominated deputy).


Health Education England has developed e-learning sessions and videos that aim to raise awareness of the importance of raising concerns.

Public Concern at Work, the whistleblowing charity, is the leading authority in the field. We aim to protect society by encouraging workplace whistleblowing.

Employees’ legal rights are detailed in the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998.

Health Education England has also extended whistleblowing protection for junior doctors, providing a new legal route directly against HEE, if required, for trainees who raise concerns and believe that HEE has caused detriment to them as a consequence.         

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