National Health Service (NHS) England has launched a new nationwide pilot scheme to help NHS whistleblowers back into work.
The new Whistleblowers Support Scheme, with a £100,000 budget, will offer financial advice, career coaching and mediation for primary care staff who have suffered as a result of raising concerns.
Working Transitions has been appointed to run the pilot until March 2018. Those taking part in the programme will be contacted by the Working Transitions, who will arrange an occupational health assessment and meet their coach. They will then design a package of support that meets their specific needs.
The National Commissioning Body has said that the programme has been designed with the help of former staff who have also had experience of whistleblowing and the impact it can have on staff.
The new programme is part of NHS England’s reaction to Sir Robert Francis’ Freedom to speak up report, which found that “some individuals who have raised concerns are excluded from the ability to work in their chosen field.
NHS England said that the pilot will be evaluated by Liverpool John Moores University to help shape the scheme in the future.
The chair of NHS England, Sir Malcolm Grant said that it is simply inexcusable that talented, experienced staff should be lost to the NHS as the result of raising the legitimate concerns that help the health service improve.
The chief executive of Working Transitions, Lynne Hardman said that Working Transitions is very proud to have been selected to support this important initiative.
She further added that Working Transitions have supported around 750,000 people from widely diverse situations, to overcome barriers and move forward with their careers. Working Transitions are looking forward to playing a key role in ensuring that all participants achieve success.
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