Action against Medical Accidents (AVMA) conference

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On Tuesday I attended an informative conference held by the charity Action against Medical Accidents ( on the Duty of Candour, which came into effect in November 2014. 

This is a statutory (legal) duty for health professionals to be open and honest with patients or their families, when something goes wrong that appears to have caused (or could lead to) significant harm in the future. It applies to all health and social care organisations registered with the regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in England.

This is such a positive measure and means that people affected by medical accidents should be given information about their care in an open and honest manner.  In addition an apology must be made to the patient and an explanation on how health professionals will use these events so that lessons can be learnt.

As a nurse working in the clinical negligence team here, I am involved in the initial assessment of cases and have been sent a few Duty of Candour documents from Trusts across the UK. What is clear from my work and the conference yesterday, is that there are some Trusts that are doing a fantastic job of putting the Duty of Candour into practice as was intended, but that sadly, over a year after the Duty of Candour was brought in, there are many Trusts who have yet to fully implement this effectively.  

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Jacqui is a Nurse Advisor and Medical Researcher in our Clinical Negligence team with over 18 years of experience as a registered nurse.

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