How we responded to whistleblowing disclosures in 2022-23

Published on 27 September 2023

We’ve today joined eight other healthcare regulators to publish an annual report on whistleblowing disclosures. It’s part of a coordinated effort to show how we work together to address the serious issues raised with us by workers in UK health and care workplaces.

In 2022-23, we took 167 forms of action in relation to 137 whistleblowing disclosures. This compares to 152 disclosures received in the previous year. Meanwhile, we referred 47 disclosures to other regulators so that they could take action.  

The most common themes of these disclosures were about patient safety and care, unprofessional behaviour - including bullying, intimidation or harassment of colleagues - and health and safety.  

Commenting on the report, Matthew McClelland, Executive Director of Strategy and Insight at the NMC, said: 

“Having a culture in which people can speak up about concerns, feel heard and know that action will be taken is vital to keeping professionals and the public safe. 

“We encourage any nurse, midwife or nursing associate to reach out if they need help, and as today’s report shows, we will always take whistleblowing disclosures seriously.” 

Read the whistleblowing disclosures report for 2022-2023 

Find out more about whistleblowing on our website 

Note: 

  • We received 137 whistleblowing disclosures and took 167 forms of action. Some disclosures have been dealt with by more than one team and so will be duplicated in the overall number. 

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