The General Medical Council (GMC) and the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) have jointly published guidance explaining the standards expected of doctors, nurses and midwives in the UK when things go wrong during healthcare. Professionals, in turn, require the support of an open and honest working environment, which encourages learning from mistakes and the reporting incidents which have resulted in patient harm. The professional duty of candour complements the legal obligation of candour on organisations.
This standard is also expected to help patients know what to expect from healthcare professionals.
Guidance on the professional duty of candour. Joint guidance with the General Medical Council. London: Nursing and Midwifery Council, June 29th 2015.
This relates to:
Openness and honesty when things go wrong: the professional duty of candour. London: Nursing and Midwifery Council, June 24th 2015.
Possibly also of interest:
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Evans, L. [and] Best, C. (2015). The nurse’s role in patient nutrition and hydration. Nursing Times. July 8th 2015. Vol.111(28/29), pp. 12-14, 16-17.
Voices on Mute?
Possibly of interest, from the viewpoint of cognitive dissonance are the results of a survey, by Royal College of Nursing, about the negative privately held impressions of front-line nursing staff concerning their last shift. What happened on the Freedom to Speak Up Report: Principle 2: Culture of Raising Concerns, Principle 7: Raising and Reporting Concerns and the Freedom to Speak Up Report: Principle 1: Culture of Safety?
Triggle, N. (2017). NHS staff shortages ‘mean patients dying alone’ in hospitals. London: BBC Health News, September 29th 2017.