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Whistleblowing Policy

From 1 April 2021, the new National Whistleblowing Standards will be implemented and will immediately form the Once for Scotland Whistleblowing Policy.

The National Whistleblowing Standards are available at standards

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s User Guide for Whistleblowing Standards is available here, which includes details on How to Whistleblow as below:

How to Whistleblow

Staff should always be encouraged to raise concerns within their own line management structures in the first instance. This is referred to as ‘business as usual’ within the Standards, and is good practice, as it affords the local service the opportunity to resolve the issues at the earliest opportunity. This is not part of formal whistleblowing procedures, but is an important precursor to the process (See Appendix 1)

There are times, however, that this will not be successful, and it is at this stage that staff may choose to raise a formal whistleblowing concern. To do so, the contact details are:


Address: Whistleblowing. JB Russell House, Board Headquarters, Gartnavel Royal Hospital, 1055 Great Western Road, Glasgow, G12 0XH

Phone: 0141 201 4459

Confidential Contacts

In line with the Standards, NHSGGC has in place Confidential Contacts, who are independent of the normal management structures for the whistleblowing case in question, and have the capacity and capability to be a point of contact for staff across the organisation who raise concerns.   Confidential Contacts support staff by providing a safe space to discuss the concern, and assist the staff member in raising the concern.

The Confidential Contacts in NHSGGC are available here.

Training & Resources

National Training Modules, and further resources, are available at

User's Guide for the National Whistleblowing Standards (PDF) - as agreed in Partnership.

Confidential Contacts For GGC Staff

Lin Calderwood, National & Contractor Programme Manager, eHealth
07983 966359

Kim Donald, Lead Complaints Manager, Corporate
07976 160 970

Sajid Farid, Consultant physician - Stroke Services, Clyde Sector

Daniel Furnivall, Senior Information Analyst (SACT), Pharmacy
0141 278 2615

Gillian Hannah, Risk Manager, Board wide
07720 487483

Stephen Hepburn, Senior Charge Nurse, Clyde Sector

Isabella Irvine, Receptionist, Mental Health

Danny Scott, Speech & Language Therapist, Mental Health

Previous policy

Whistleblowing Policy (PDF)

Please Note: The Whistleblowing section has been extracted from the Board Code of Conduct Policy for ease of reference. This was agreed with Staff Side in May 2016.

Last Updated: 10 February 2022