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NHS Employee Whistleblower Protection
If you are a current or former NHS employee and you have suffered detrimental repercussions after raising concerns about malpractice or wrongdoing in the workplace, you may be entitled to pursue a whistleblowing claim. The employment solicitors at JMW have the experience and expertise to help if you feel you have either been treated unfairly after speaking out about your concerns, or if you are thinking about doing so but are worried about how this might impact you and your position.
Speak to our employment law team today by calling us on 0345 872 6666 or by completing our online enquiry form, which will allow us to give you a call back and discuss your situation, and the options available to you, in more detail.
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Employees in all industries and job types may experience or witness wrongdoing in the workplace and wish to speak up against it or raise concerns about how things could be improved. However, they may also be worried about the negative impact this could have on them and their position at work. The law surrounding whistleblowing is complex, but those who decide to speak up in order to improve matters deserve the right legal backing to make sure their own interests are properly protected.
The NHS serves an incredibly important role and efforts should always be made to ensure the service is working as effectively as possible, and staff should not be afraid to suggest improvements or to point out instances when the best course of action has not been taken. Improving patient safety is at the heart of the NHS and employees should be able to make their feelings known without fear of being badly treated and with confidence that their concerns will be taken seriously and action taken. Whistleblowing cases often serve a very important purpose and raise serious issues that need to be rectified.
Unfortunately, it has not been uncommon in the past for NHS staff who have raised concerns to have reported isolation, bullying and counter-allegations after doing so. Whistleblowing might even lead to an employee facing difficulties in advancing in their careers.
If you have felt victimised in this way, you should seek legal assistance to find out more about what options are available to you and which steps you should take next.
The team at JMW will not only provide assistance after you have felt victimised following a whistleblowing incident; we can also support and protect you before you raise your concerns, providing the legal guidance you need and to give you the peace of mind that what you are doing is for the best and that you are aware of the legal frameworks that can safeguard you.
We understand that raising concerns about your employer or place of work can be incredibly difficult and you may worry about what any repercussions may be. With the right legal support, however, you will have a better understanding of how to report any public interest concerns and how to best protect against any reprisals and to avoid any further difficulties down the line.
What Our Clients Say
Jennifer was intuitive in the handling of the case
A testimonial for Jennifer Smith from a satisfied client:
"Jennifer was intuitive in the handling of the case, professional and experienced enough to be able to advise her client appropriately and - despite her youth - brought a wisdom to the case management that I was able to enjoy and admire. I was privileged to depend upon those qualities throughout the time the case was proceeding. Should the requirement be there again to engage such a professional, Jennifer would be my first choice."
Satisfied Client, February 2012
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Positive feedback from a client that Jennifer Smith has just advised on a compromise agreement
"Thank you so much once again, you have turned an unpleasant experience into a positively pleasant one "
Satisfied Client, February 2012
A big thank you for helping me
A thank you from Mrs P, Manchester
"I guess this now draws a line under what was a very unpleasant experience last summer. And a big thank you for helping me sort it all out. You have been very professional throughout and are a credit to your employers. I reckon you have a successful career ahead of you. "
Mrs P, Manchester
Thank you for all your help
A testimonial regarding the employment team at JMW
"Thank you for all your help. I know it is not over yet, but I do appreciate all the help received by you, Claire and Ian in this matter. It has been a stressful time but JMW have been marvellous and helpful. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and efforts and I will always recommend you to anyone who requires a solicitor."
Miss K, Lancashire
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Her advice and communication were first class.
"Jennifer has just completed some work on my behalf to the highest standard. Her advice and communication were first class. She builds trust and confidence and really importantly listens. I am delighted to recommend Jennifer."
Satisfied client, December 2011
JMW's employment team are of a high standard
A testimonial from Mr V about JMW's employment team
"The employment team at JMW are of a high standard, approachable and easy to communicate with and a credit to the company "
Jennifer Smith, Calm and Focused
Jennifer's client said the following kind words following a six figure settlement; 'My case was a complex matter with several complicating factors, however with Jennifer acting on my behalf I felt confident throughout that we would achieve a successful outcome.
Her professional approach and understanding of the issues was truly incredible. She has an amazing ability to keep calm and focused and her friendly and caring attitude with me made a difficult process easier to deal with. She kept me fully informed and updated throughout and constantly reassured me along the way. The successful outcome of my case was achieved due to Jennifer's hard work and dedication and I will always remain grateful that Jennifer was my acting Solicitor'.
Thanks & recommendation for Sarah Evans
I wanted to thank you again for all your assistance, rest assured you will be highly recommended should I hear of anyone needing your services!
Sarah Evans was recommended to me as a person who could help me with a situation I found myself in with my employer of 23 years.
Sarah Evans was recommended to me as a person who could help me with a situation I found myself in with my employer of 23 years. From the first conversation I had with Sarah I felt guided, supported and was kept fully across the legal process that we went through.
Most importantly for me was Sarah's ability to always be contactable, an important point for me when surprises dropped in on the process along the way. Sarah would explain and react accordingly, putting myself at ease in a very new and sometimes emotionally challenging situation.
Sarah's empathy, knowledge, experience and resilience are second to none and I have already recommended her to friends and colleagues in need of her expertise.
Mark Luby – Owner/CEO, European Braking Systems Limited
“I have consulted Ian Tranter at JMW on a number of occasions and have always received the legal guidance and the commercial perspective necessary to resolve the issue promptly and pragmatically. It is important for me to have trust in the judgement of our preferred professional advisers”.
Martin E Fishwick FRICS, Senior Partner, Jordan Fishwick Group
“With reference to JMW’s assistance and support in recent employment issues we like JMW’s realistic approach to the resolution of employment disputes.
We don’t have many but when we do, Ian Tranter invariably comes up with a few sensible alternatives to sort them out, as well as anticipating potential pitfalls in the future to enable us to take the appropriate preventative steps.
Very commercial and practical, I have recommended Ian across the Jordan Fishwick Group as well as outside it.”
Nigel Newton, Managing Director, Clark Telecom
“Some years ago I was involved in a tricky employment law situation and Ian Tranter provided me with invaluable advice and support that was legally strong and commercially sensible. I am still using Ian, and the JMW Employment Team, to advise my own company through its current challenges. They are clear, concise and commercial, with impressive service levels – what more could I ask for?”
Charlotte Beeley highly recommended by client
I required the services of an employment solicitor and I could not recommend JMW, in particular Charlotte Beeley highly enough. She is wonderful on the phone, quick with e-mail responses and quick to return calls. She was extremely empathetic of my situation and her professionalism was second to none. Highly recommend.
I have no qualms in highly recommending Jennifer
I cannot praise Jennifer enough for the way she helped me with a former employer seeking to block my way to a new start. Her friendly, thorough, and calm approach helped me throughout in what was a very stressful situation. Her excellent legal knowledge and a ferocious letter helped us swing the approach from defence to attack turning the whole situation around and putting my former employer and their solicitors on the back foot.
I have no qualms in highly recommending Jennifer. Thank you so much for ensuring my future career was not jeopardised!
The experienced employment team at JMW can provide the expert legal guidance you need either before, during or after a whistleblowing event, ensuring your best interests - and those of NHS patients, who will ultimately benefit from any improvements to the service - are always put first.
We are renowned for our professional and proactive approach and will support you throughout. Should you wish for it, we will advise you on the best way to remain anonymous; something that is particularly important for some people, especially if the story attracts widespread publicity.