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Can professional regulation do more to encourage candour when care goes wrong?

15 Oct 2013 | Professional Standards Authority
  • Policy Advice

October 2013 advice to the Secretary of State for Health

In response to recommendations about candour, openness and transparency in the Report of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry the Secretary of State for Health asked us for advice on how professional regulation could encourage professionals to be more candid when healthcare or social work goes wrong. 

The resulting report identifies a number of areas where professional regulation could be improved to encourage more candour and advises the Secretary of State in respect of these. 

Published alongside this is a supporting literature review which explores the factors that encourage and discourage health professionals and social workers from disclosing mistakes and reporting safety concerns and considers what this could mean for professional regulation.