Guidance on the professional duty of candour
Joint guidance with the General Medical Council on the duty of candour
This guidance focuses on the professional duty of candour and the need for nurses and midwives to be open and honest when things go wrong.
It 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: Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives (NMC, 2015).
The guidance 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.
We have produced a series of case studies to help nurses and midwives understand the professional duty of candour, what it means for their practice and how to meet it in a range of scenarios. These have been produced with practising nurses and midwives to reflect situations that they may face.