Duty of candour guidance
General Optical Council eBulletin 31
March 2017

Duty of candour guidance

Following a consultation on our new standards in 2015, our registrants requested supplementary guidance to help them apply the standard relating to the professional duty of candour.

The professional duty of candour 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.

Our Standards of Practice for Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians (standard 19) and Standards for Optical Students (standard 18) reflect this professional duty of candour. The new standards came into force in April 2016.

In 2016, Council agreed the new guidance following a three month period of consultation with stakeholders, including patients and the public, registrants, professional bodies, employers and insurers.

We have now published new guidance on how to meet our standard on the professional duty of candour. The guidance does not create new requirements or give legal advice. You should use your professional judgement to apply this guidance to your own practice.

You can find the new guidance on our website here.


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