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GOC publishes guidance on professional duty of candour

News posted: 07/03/2017

The General Optical Council (GOC) has published guidance to assist registrants in meeting its standard relating to the professional duty of candour that requires all those working in healthcare to be open, honest and transparent with patients when things go wrong and a patient has suffered physical or psychological harm or distress, or there might be implications for their future care.

Marcus Dye, GOC Head of Education and Standards, said “In our recent Registrant Survey, 86 per cent of respondents told us they felt confident in their ability to meet our new Standards of Practice. However it was clear when we consulted on the Standards that registrants wanted more guidance to help them apply the professional duty of candour in practice. Candour is a relatively new concept in healthcare, so it’s not surprising that registrants asked for further help in this area. This guidance will help to support our registrants and give them extra confidence in applying the standard relating to the professional duty of candour.”

The guidance on the standards around the professional duty of candour can be found on the GOC website.