New law to protect NHS whistleblowers when applying for NHS jobs

Implementation date: To be confirmed

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 includes a provision that provides increased protection for NHS whistleblowers. The aim of the new law is to ensure that whistleblowers in the NHS are not discriminated against in recruitment by employers when applying for NHS roles because of having made a protected disclosure.

An NHS employer will discriminate against a job applicant if the applicant is refused a job or he or she is treated less favourably in relation to a contract because of having made a protected disclosure.