Whistle blowing Policy
Staff and contractors may, in properly carrying out their duties, have access to, or come into contact with information of a confidential nature. Their terms and conditions provide that except in the proper performance of their duties, Staff and Contractors are forbidden from disclosing or making use of in any form whatsoever such confidential information. However, the law allows Staff and Contractors to make a ‘protected disclosure’ of certain information. In order to be ‘protected’, a disclosure must relate to a specific subject matter and the disclosure must also be made in an appropriate way.
If in the course of the contract and a member of staff or Contractor becomes aware of information which they reasonably believe tends to show one or more of the following, they must use The Company disclosure procedure set out below:
That a criminal offence has been committed, is being committed or is likely to be committed;
That a person has failed, is failing or is likely to fail to comply with any legal obligation to which he is subject;
That a miscarriage of justice that has occurred, is occurring, or is likely to occur;
That the health or safety of any individual has been, is being, or is likely to be, endangered;
That the environment, has been, is being, or is likely to be, damaged;
That information tending to show any of the above is being or is likely to be deliberately concealed.
There has been an unreported clinical incident or near miss.
Reassurance, Information which a member of staff or Contractor reasonably believes tends to show one or more of the above should promptly be disclosed to their manager so that any appropriate action can be taken. If it is inappropriate to make such a disclosure to the manager, the member of staff or Contractor should speak to any Director.
Members of staff or Contractors will suffer no detriment of any sort for making such a disclosure in accordance with this procedure. However, failure to follow this procedure may result in the disclosure of information losing its ‘protected status’.
For further guidance in relation to this matter or concerning the use of the disclosure procedure generally, members of staff and Contractors should speak in confidence to the Managing Director.
Signed: Steven Nicholls – Operations Director
Date: 1st August 2021