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Exclusive: Pioneer nurse warns that ‘whistleblowing guardians’ must be screened. By Nicola Merrifield, Nursing Times

Nurse whistleblower Helene Donnelly has called for “rapid” action to ensure the introduction of the new “guardian” role recommended by Sir Robert Francis is not “used and abused”.

Ms Donnelly said she wanted to see a checklist of qualities and standards drawn up swiftly for the new “freedom to speak up guardians” to avoid the “wrong people” being selected for the job. The role was a key recommendation of Sir Robert’s independent review of whistleblowing – Freedom to Speak Up – which looked at the treatment of  staff who speak out and what measures should be introduced to create a more open reporting culture within the NHS. Sir Robert’s report, published last week, said that a “freedom to speak up guardian” should be appointed in every NHS trust to provide independent support and advice to staff about raising concerns. This full-time employee should be able to intervene if the complainant suffers any harm and must be able to escalate concerns outside of the organisation to bodies, said the report.

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Exclusive Pioneer nurse warns that ‘whistleblowing guardians’ must be screened

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Helene Donnelly

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Doubts over protection for NHS whistle-blowers

Hospitals have been ordered to appoint “guardian angels” to support workers who raise issues of concern. Phil Brown knows first hand how difficult it can be to raise concerns over alleged wrongdoings. In 2005, he blew the whistle on failings in care given to residents of privately-owned Bamburgh Court Care Home, in South Shields. During a process, which lasted more than five years, the 58-year-old said he received a “mixed reception” from his fellow workers. The new support was called for after an investigation by Sir Robert Francis. He warned that too often staff faced “bullying and being isolated” when they tried to speak out. He also said a new national officer should be appointed to help the guardians.

But Mr Brown, of Leafield Crescent, in South Shields, who now works at Monkwearmouth Hospital, in Sunderland, doesn’t believe this move will make much difference.

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http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/crime/doubts-over-protection-for-nhs-whistle-blowers-1-7109616

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A WHISTLE-BLOWER from South Tyneside says new laws to give fellow NHS workers more protection won’t work.

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