Building a Culture of Candour – Royal College of Surgeons – 6 March 2014

Posted on March 10, 2014. Filed under: Patient Safety, Surgery | Tags: |

Building a Culture of Candour – Royal College of Surgeons – 6 March 2014

Press release: Building a culture of candour review published

“Healthcare organisations, including hospitals and GP practices, must usher in a new culture of candour so that patients and their families are told honestly about any harm that has been caused and what will be done to put it right, an independent review has concluded.

Following the Government’s response to the Mid Staffs Public Inquiry, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt asked Professor Norman Williams, President of the Royal College of Surgeons, and Sir David Dalton, Chief Executive at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, to undertake a review on how to enhance candour in the NHS.

The group was asked to examine the threshold at which a new statutory duty of candour should apply to organisations, and how they can be incentivised to be more open and honest.

The central recommendation is that the old days where errors were not disclosed must give way to an environment that allows staff to be trained and supported in admitting errors, reporting them and learning fully from mistakes.”

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