Why was the report commissioned?

The board of West London Mental Health NHS Trust (WLMHT) and the Department of Health commissioned a joint investigation into the role Jimmy Savile played at Broadmoor Hospital following allegations that he sexually abused patients.

How was the investigation carried out?

The investigation at Broadmoor was carried out jointly with the DH because the hospital reported directly to the Department 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 the West London Mental Health NHS Trust since 2001.

Who led the investigation?

The investigation was led by Dr Bill Kirkup CBE. Dr Kirkup has held a variety of posts in public health nationally and regionally and has advised on health and reconstruction internationally in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.

He retired from his post as associate chief medical officer and director general of clinical programmes at the Department of Health in 2010. He has led numerous NHS reviews and was a member of the Hillsborough Independent Panel. He is currently involved in the Morecambe Bay Investigation and has recently taken up a post as non-executive director at The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

More information

If you have been a victim of abuse by Jimmy Savile at Broadmoor Hospital, you can still contact our investigation on 01344 75 4122.

If you would like further support or have any concerns relating to these issues you may wish to contact:


Free, confidential support line: 0808 800 5000

Email: help@nspcc.org.uk

The NSPCC offers help and advice to anyone who is concerned about abuse, or has been abused. The helpline offers free, confidential advice about the support that is available from the NSPCC, Victim Support and the Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) services depending on an individual’s needs.