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Professional Standards Authority and University of Edinburgh publishes findings from conference on The Duty of Candour in Scotland

Mon 8 November 2021

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Following the online conference in September 2021 co-hosted by Edinburgh Law School's Annie Sorbie and the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (the Authority), the Authority has published a blog detailing the findings from the event.

The conference, titled 'The Duty of Candour in Scotland', explored candour in the context of health and social care in Scotland, considering barriers to candour and ways in which professionals can speak up when things go wrong in a compassionate manner that protects patients. Delegates included the professional regulators, patient bodies, Scottish Health Boards, professionals and representative bodies, and academics.

The blog, co-written by the Authority’s Dinah Godfrey and Annie Sorbie, summarises the key findings from contributors to the conference who examined the interplay between professional and organisational duties, and how to put candour into practice from three perspectives: the patient, the professional, and the NHS Board, as well as providing reflections from the hosts.

Read the full blog on the Authority's website