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New NMC and GMC Guidance on the Professional Duty of Candour

All healthcare professionals have a duty of candour – this is a professional responsibility to be honest when things go wrong.

This guidance on the professional duty of candour has been produced in collaboration with the General Medical Council and complements the joint statement on the professional duty of candour by professional healthcare regulators (October 2014) and section 14 of the Code. It focuses not only on the duty to be open and honest with patients but also on the need to be open and honest within organisations in reporting adverse incidents or near misses that may have led to harm.

The NMC have produced a series of case studies to help the professionals on our register understand the professional duty of candour, what it means for their practice and how to meet it in a range of scenarios. They will update this guidance to reflect the nursing associates on their register, but they should be aware that the duty of candour applies to them as a registered healthcare professional.

Read the full guidance

Source: Nursing & Midwifery Council 3rd March 2019

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4 March 2019

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