Raising concerns: Guidance for nurses and midwives

Guidance for nurses and midwives on raising concerns

Raising concerns: Guidance for nurses and midwives publication coverRaising concerns provides guidance for nurses and midwives on raising concerns. It sets out broad principles that will help them think through the issues and take appropriate action in the public interest.

It was published in 2013 and was updated to reflect the new Code in 2015.

It includes details about legislation that protects whistleblowers. It also contains information on organisations that nurses and midwives can go to for further advice.

The Raising concerns guidance is supported by Helene Donnelly, ambassador for cultural change at Staffordshire and Stoke-On-Trent Partnership NHS Trust, who spoke to our Council about raising concerns. Helene's talk is available to watch below and on our YouTube channel.


The guidance was the first of our publications to achieve the Plain English campaign's Crystal Mark for clarity.

See our resources to help facilitate discussion and promote the importance of raising concerns in the workplace. Also see case studies on raising concerns.

See our information about whistleblowing


Guidance for employers

Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998

Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013

Public Interest Disclosure (Prescribed Persons) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2014

Confidentiality: NHS Code of Practice (2003) and its supplementary code of practice on public interest disclosures (2010)

Raising concerns at work from NHS Employers’

Public Concern at Work