The Board of West London Mental Health NHS Trust (WLMHT) and the Department of Health (DH) have commissioned this investigation into the role Jimmy Savile played at Broadmoor following allegations that he sexually abused patients.
Broadmoor Hospital reported directly to DH between 1949 and 1989, to the Special Hospitals Service Authority between 1989 and 1996 and to the Broadmoor Hospital Authority between 1996 and 2001. Broadmoor Hospital has been part of WLMHT since 2001.
DH and WLMHT will work together, with independent oversight from Kate Lampard, appointed by the Secretary of State for Health to oversee the NHS and DH investigations, to produce a report that will:
The investigation does not have the power to impose disciplinary sanctions or make findings as to criminal or civil liability: where evidence is obtained of conduct that indicates the commission of criminal and/or disciplinary offences, the police and/or relevant employers will be informed.
The investigation will be led by a single investigator who is not a current employee of either organisation. The investigator will report to WLMHT and DH. A local panel, containing independent members, will challenge and offer advice to the investigation team (but not provide direction or instruction) as their work progresses.
The investigation team will:
The investigation will be concluded as promptly as possible, while ensuring its thoroughness.
The Trust Board and the permanent secretary at DH will receive regular progress reports from the investigation team. The lead investigator will produce a written report that identifies any lessons to be learned and makes recommendations for improving systems and policies.
The report and any action plan flowing from the report’s findings will be received and approved by the Trust Board and the permanent secretary at DH before being presented to the independent oversight team, and finally to the Secretary of State for Health. The final investigation report will be published, as requested by the Secretary of State.
Investigations are also being carried out into Jimmy Savile’s involvement in Stoke Mandeville Hospital and the Leeds General Infirmary. Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Buckinghamshire NHS Health Trust are leading respectively on these investigations:
When the investigations have concluded, each will produce a report and these will be made public.
Kate Lampard, a former barrister, is providing oversight to these three investigations. She will ensure that they follow a robust process aimed at protecting the interest of patients. In light of any findings or recommendations from the investigations she is overseeing, she has also been asked to identify any themes that could improve processes or guidelines more widely. This is an important part of learning lessons from the investigations being undertaken.
We recognise that the information we are seeking is sensitive and that it may not be easy for people to come forward. The organisations listed below can provide advice and support to people affected by these issues.
Provides free, confidential support. Call 0800 085 3330 or visit www.napac.org.uk.
Provides free, confidential support. Call 0808 800 5000 or visit www.nspcc.org.uk.
Savile investigations 0800 783 5865
Contact us if you have you have information about Jimmy Savile’s role or abuse at Broadmoor Hospital.
You can also contact us if you have information about Leeds General Infirmary or Stoke Mandeville Hospital, but don't want to contact the trusts directly. Or you can contact us about allegations regarding abuse at other NHS organisations.
Please note that any information you provide through these channels may in future be shared with other relevant organisations in accordance with the law, which includes the Data Protection Act 1998. This may include the NHS Trust involved and the police where any accusations are of a criminal nature.