Monday, June 29, 2015

New duty of candour guidance for nursing staff (RCN UK)

Joint guidance from the General Medical Council (GMC) and Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), published today, sets out professional standards on what nursing staff in the UK should do if something goes wrong during patient care.
The standards in Openness and honesty when things go wrong: the professional duty of candour promote openness and honesty with patients, colleagues and employers in instances where something has gone wrong.
Providing face-to-face explanations and apologies to the patient or a member of their family, and raising concerns with colleagues and employers are behaviours encouraged in the standards.
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