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Freedom to Speak Up - Qualitative Research Report

Freedom to Speak Up - Qualitative Research Report

Vandekerckhove, Wim ORCID: 0000-0002-0106-7915 and Rumyantseva, Nataliya ORCID: 0000-0001-9795-2590 (2015) Freedom to Speak Up - Qualitative Research Report. [Working Paper]

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This is the report from a qualitative research study commissioned by The Freedom to Speak Up Review, which set out to be an independent review into creating an open and honest reporting culture in the NHS.

This qualitative study aimed to:

• gain an understanding of views and attitudes to whistleblowing in the NHS held by those in various roles in the whistleblowing process - i.e. whistleblowers, frontline staff, managers, directors, regulators, unions, and whistleblowing support groups.
• identify strengths and weaknesses in the implementation of whistleblowing policies in the NHS.

The research consisted of two parts: a desk based analysis of whistleblowing policies, and an interview based analysis of how whistleblowing policies are implemented in the NHS. This research is qualitative. Sampling techniques were designed to ensure validity of the research. We strived for validity that would allow our qualitative research findings to represent as much as possible the variety of views and approaches to, and perceptions of whistleblowing in the NHS. Our research design does allow any conclusions as to what extent any particular view, approach, or perception is representative for the whole of NHS organisations.

The report is structured as follows. In section two we present the methodology and findings of the desk based analysis of whistleblowing policies. We then present in section three the methodology and findings of the interview based research. We present our conclusions from these two research parts in section four. Finally, based on these conclusions we formulate considerations for the Review team in section five.

Item Type: Working Paper
Uncontrolled Keywords: Whistleblowing; NHS; Organisational culture
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA1001 Forensic Medicine. Medical jurisprudence. Legal medicine
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Centre for Work and Employment Research (CREW) > Leadership & Organisational Behaviour Research Group (LOB)
Faculty of Business > Department of Human Resources & Organisational Behaviour
Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Biomedical Engineering Research Theme
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