Recommendation 180

Guidance and policy on openness

Accepted
Guidance and policies should be reviewed to ensure that they will lead to compliance with Being Open, the guidance published by the National Patient Safety Agency.

As stated in recommendation 174, the intention is introduce an explicit duty of candour on providers as a Care Quality Commission registration requirement. The Department of Health will publish shortly draft regulations on a Statutory Duty of Candour during the autumn for further consultation. The Department of Health will ensure that advice such as the Being Open framework produced by the National Patient Safety Agency is considered as we consult on the new duty of candour.

Update

As stated in the progress update to recommendation 174, the Department of Health has put in place a new statutory duty of candour as a requirement for registration with the Care Quality Commission that has applied to NHS organisations since November 2014 and will come into effect for other organisations from April 2015. The Department of Health has worked to ensure that the regulations take account of, and are congruent with, the Being Open framework produced by the National Patient Safety Agency.