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Winterbourne nurse whistleblower given job by CQC

The whistleblowing nurse who exposed poor care at the Winterbourne View Hospital has been given a job by the Care Quality Commission.

Terry Bryan, a nurse of more than 30 years, will work for the regulator as a compliance inspector in the south region.

He worked at Winterbourne View as a charge nurse but blew the whistle in October 2010 to Castlebeck, the owner of the hospital, and the regulator after witnessing the treatment of patients by staff. However, his warnings were ignored.

The abuse was captured in by a BBC Panorama investigation in May 2011 after Mr Bryan tipped off the broadcaster. This resulted in prosecutions.

Last month, six care workers were jailed and five others given suspended sentences after admitting a total of 38 charges of neglect or abuse.

As a result of his whistleblowing Mr Bryan worked with the CQC on inspections of learning disability institutes following the scandal.

He is currently on a fixed term contract as a “bank inspector” for the CQC until March 2013 but will then start in his permanent role.

Mr Bryan said: “I have a particular perspective because of Winterbourne View and I have been a nurse for over 30 years; I know what a good service looks like.

“I applied for this post with my eyes wide open and I want to make a difference and let’s face it they [CQC] want to do a good job and we want them to do a good job.”

He added: “When it all got started people were blaming the CQC but I knew it was more than that.

“All the way along I have never blamed the CQC.”

The CQC said it would not comment on individual members of staff.

Readers' comments (13)

  • tinkerbell

    fantastic news. Hurrah for the good guys.

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  • Good luck Terry, and well done for pursuing your concerns regarding Winterbourne view, and not giving up on it.

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  • michael stone

    Good !

    I repeat - GOOD !!!

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  • Thats great new.Well done Terry!
    I wish you all the best in your new role influencing change and improving practice.

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  • Good to see that whistle blowing has had a positive outcome for the individual

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  • Mr Bryan continue to walk the good walk and all the best in the job.
    We are happy when one can stand up for what is right.
    Please visit us here in the South West undercover of course, and expose what is unsafe.

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  • Well done, pleased they saw your side and did something about it all, and you said something not sitting back and ignoring things. Good luck

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  • Go get them Terry!

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  • Susan Markham

    At last - some positive news.


    Congratulations Mr Bryan - you absolutely deserve the job - keep fighting the good fight on our behalf.


    Well done CQC for making the first "award" for REAL "nursing excellence" that I have seen in the longest of times... I wish the NMC would grow a pair like you seem to have done!

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  • Anonymous

    Good - gamekeepers to catch poachers, etc, not the clueless trying to do things !

    Mr Bryan should have some idea of what to look for !

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  • anon 6pm - I don't know where you work but here in the SW we do need help. We are so under-staffed and we are really worried about the staff and patients.

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  • Good work Terry. Need more like you and protection for whistleblowers, esp. where the vulnerable folk are concerned.

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  • Florence

    Great news. We definatley need more positive outcomes like this. Good luck to you Terry in your new role.
    They are lucky to have you.

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