We are committed to developing a culture of openness and accountability, where raising concerns is welcomed, appreciated and acted upon positively.
Whistle blowing concerns can be about malpractice, patient safety, financial impropriety, bribery, criminal offences or any other serious risks.
Our whistle blowing policy provides employees with the means to raise genuine concerns about malpractice, patient safety, financial impropriety, bribery, criminal offences or any other serious risks and to be protected from victimisation or recrimination for doing so.
The aim of the policy is to encourage employees to raise concerns at an early stage and in the right way. The Trust will take all concerns seriously and is committed to developing a climate of openness and free expression where raising concerns is welcomed, appreciated and acted upon positively.
Freedom to Speak up Guardian
The role of freedom to speak up guardian was identified as an action for all Trust’s following a report by Sir Robert Francis into the culture of raising concerns in the NHS.
Our freedom to speak up guardian, Dewi Williams, has worked in the NHS for 40 years and understands that “speaking up isn’t about blame; it’s about staff knowing who to contact with their concerns no matter how big or small”.
Dewi supports staff who have raised concerns as well as delivering mandatory training to managers about how to appropriately handle any concerns that have been raised. He also works alongside the Trust board to help develop more ways to empower and encourage staff to raise their concerns.
Dignity at Work Champions
The role of a Dignity at Work Champion role is twofold in that it offers support and guidance to staff who believe they may be experiencing bullying/harassment by another member of staff/manager and also to those wishing to raise concerns about risk, malpractice or wrong doing, which they believe could harm the service we deliver.
The aim of the role is to help resolve issues quickly, fairly and in confidence with the least negative impact upon all concerned. Dignity at Work Champions are employee volunteers trained to offer confidential support and advice to colleagues.