The organisation's Raising Concerns Policy details what action a member of staff can take, however where staff feel unable to use the internal processes or wish to confidentially discuss a concern before raising it, the following arrangements have been put into place:
A free phone line for NHS Counter Fraud 0800 028 4060; if the concern relates to financial malpractice.
Yes, there is protective legislation and this is called the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998. The legislation protects staff who 'whistleblow', i.e. make disclosures in good faith and follow internal organisation processes at first.
Individuals making a disclosure must:
Have a genuine belief in the information being disclosed
Not make the disclosure for personal gain, and
Show that it is reasonable to make the disclosure
It is recognised that staff can feel worried about raising concerns and the organisation wants to ensure that staff are able to do so with total assurance that any issue they raise will be dealt with sensitively.