Duty of candour - Primary care

Future dates for this course will be announced.

3 CPD credits

We are offering this as a half-day virtual course.

Healthcare professionals must be open and honest when something goes wrong that causes harm or distress. This means offering an apology, putting matters right if possible, and explaining fully and promptly what has happened and likely effects.

It is not an admission of legal liability for what has happened but an acknowledgement that something could have gone better. It can also support learning and improve patient safety.

This course offers help with:

  • understanding the ethical basis for open disclosure after harm
  • understanding the duties of candour
  • methods of approach to open disclosure
  • acknowledging, learning and moving on from mistakes. 

Who should attend?

  • GPs
  • GPSTs
  • Practice managers

Course content focuses on the requirements in England only.

*Approved by the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK for 3 category 1 (external) CPD credits.

Speakers

Dr Edward Farnan, MDU medico-legal advisor

Dr Edward Farnan MB BCh BAO LLM FRCGP DCH DRCOG DGM

MDU medico-legal adviser

Dr Farnan graduated from Queen's University, Belfast, in 1995 and completed his GP training in Northern Ireland. He practised as a principal in general practice in Armagh for 11 years. He also sat on a research ethics committee and had a particular interest in clinical governance. 

Dr Samantha Bell

Dr Samantha Bell BSc MBBS MRCP MRCGP LLM

MDU medico-legal adviser

Dr Samantha Bell studied medicine at Guy's Hospital Medical School and qualified in 1992. After gaining MRCP she went on to train as a GP, gaining MRCGP in 2003. She obtained an LLM in Health Care Ethics and Law in 2015. She worked as a GP principal in Hertfordshire before joining the MDU as a medico-legal adviser in 2015.