NHS England whistleblowing

NHS England whistleblowing

April 4, 2017

PSNC has updated its guidance on whistleblowing for community pharmacy contractors to assist them in reviewing their existing whistleblowing policies and procedures as required by September 2017.

Pharmacy teams will be familiar with the concept of Whistleblowing within the NHS and the requirement within the clinical governance provisions to have arrangements for whistleblowing to include a written policy. 

In November 2016, NHS England published Freedom to speak up in Primary Care – guidance to primary care providers on supporting whistleblowing in the NHS. The guidance is for all providers of NHS primary care services including community pharmacies. It details the principles and actions to apply in primary care to support the raising of concerns by staff about the delivery of primary care services to patients and the management of the matter raised.

The NHS England guidance expects contractors to review and update existing whistleblowing policies and procedures by September 2017.

Pharmacy contractors without a formal whistleblowing policy e.g. recent openings, should note that NHS England’s guidance includes a template whistleblowing policy which PSNC has adapted for community pharmacy use.

Find all of PSNC’s information and resources on the Raising concerns (Whistle-blowing) section of the website.

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