Raising and acting on concerns about patient safety

Useful contacts

Advice and help

Protect
A whistleblowing charity that advises and supports individuals and encourages safe whistleblowing.
Website: https://protect-advice.org.uk/
Phone: 0800 668 1681

British Medical Association
Website: www.bma.org.uk
Phone: 0300 123 1233

Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland
Website: www.mddus.com
Phone: 0333 043 4444

Medical Defence Union
Website: www.themdu.com
Phone: 0800 176 646

Medical Protection Society
Website: www.medicalprotection.org
Phone: 0800 561 9090

NHS Whistleblowing Helpline
Website: https://speakup.direct/
Phone: 0800 724 725

Regulatory and investigatory bodies

Professional regulatory bodies

General Chiropractic Council
Website: www.gcc-uk.org
Phone: 020 7713 5155

General Dental Council
Website: www.gdc-uk.org
Phone: 020 7167 6000

General Medical Council
Website: www.gmc-uk.org
Phone: 0161 923 6602
Confidential Helpline: 0161 923 6399

General Optical Council
Website: www.optical.org
Phone: 020 7580 3898

General Osteopathic Council
Website: www.osteopathy.org.uk
Phone: 020 7357 6655

General Pharmaceutical Council
Website: www.pharmacyregulation.org
Phone: 020 3713 8000

Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland
Website: www.psni.org.uk
Phone: 028 9032 6927

Health and Care Professions Council
Website: www.hcpc-uk.co.uk
Phone: 0300 500 6184

Nursing and Midwifery Council
Website: www.nmc.org.uk
Phone: 020 7637 7181

Other regulatory and investigatory bodies

Care Quality Commission
Website: www.cqc.org.uk
Phone: 03000 616161
See also Raising a concern with CQC: A quick guide for health and care staff about whistleblowing

NHS improvement
Website: https://improvement.nhs.uk/
Phone: 0300 123 2257

NHS England (National Patient Safety Agency)
Website: www.england.nhs.uk
Phone: 0300 311 22 33

Professional Standards Authority
Website: www.professionalstandards.org.uk
Phone: 020 7389 8030

Northern Ireland

Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority in Northern Ireland
Website: www.rqia.org.uk
Phone: 028 9536 1111

Scotland

The Care Inspectorate
Website: www.careinspectorate.com
Phone: 0345 600 9527

Healthcare Improvement Scotland
Website: www.healthcareimprovementscotland.org
Phone: 0131 623 4300

Wales

Healthcare Inspectorate Wales
Website: www.hiw.org.uk
Phone: 0300 062 8163