April sees launch of new duty of candour provisions in Scotland

NEW duty of candour provisions in Scotland come into effect on 1 April.

The provisions, as defined in the Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc. and Care) (Scotland) Bill, set out a range of things that must happen when there has been an unexpected event or incident resulting in death or harm during health or social care.

Principles of candour exist in many organisations and within professional codes of conduct but the act introduces a statutory organisational duty of candour on health and social care services in Scotland.

Scottish government has produced a guide on the new provisions. There is also a set of three factsheets to help understand what is required:

Relevant staff can also access an e-learning module to support organisations with implementation.