Duty of candour - Secondary care

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3 CPD credits awaiting accreditation*

  • Virtual Course
  • Virtual Course

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?

  • Consultants/specialists
  • Hospital doctors
  • Training grade doctors (ST1-8)
  • Foundation doctors (F2 only)

Course content focuses on the requirements in England only.

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


Dr Samantha Bell

Dr Samantha Bell

Medico-legal adviser


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

Dr Edward Farnan, MDU medico-legal advisor


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. 

Thursday 29 June 2023, 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM Virtual Course

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Tuesday 19 September 2023, 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM Virtual Course

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  • GP, Epping
  • 29 January 2020 2:49PM

Informative. Broader and more useful than expected. Good use of discussion lecture and case scenarios

  • GP, Epping
  • 22 May 2019 9:40AM

Useful and not often an area thought about in detail. Good information clearly explained.

  • Consultant, Bangor
  • 9 May 2019 2:52PM

Mistakes are inevitable and often surprising. You need a framework to give everyone some satisfaction about context and control for the future. The course also clarified easily the legal questions about liability and apologies.

  • Consultant, Worcester
  • 8 January 2019 9:44AM

very formative, very good insight into the duty of candour regulation

  • GP, Chesterfield
  • 16 July 2018 4:21PM

excellent and informative advice about our duty to patients and explaining when things have not gone to plan.

  • Consultant, Stockport
  • 28 June 2018 9:48AM

Excellent. Very interactive . Very good facilitators. Relevant, reassuring. Good networking

  • Hospital Doctor, Alder Hey
  • 27 June 2018 11:00AM

It was excellent. I was surprised because I had never really had cause to think about the subject matter before but I was really engaged by it and I realised there were lots of ways in which it was relevant to my practice.

  • GP, Cardiff
  • 26 March 2018 5:22PM

Covers an increasingly important aspect of the medical profession in a interactive way.