How many of you know the full history of duty of candour in healthcare in the UK?
It was Will Powell who, after the tragic death of his son Robbie, brought to light that there was none.
Even today we only have an institutional duty of candour in place, leaving clinicians with the right to lie as no specific law exists to prevent this.
I have included this poignant video as a matter of public interest. This is an issue which goes beyond party politics.
I use Robbie's story in all of my teaching on ethics and clinical governance.
About the Author
I (Steve Turner) am a mental health nurse, prescriber, writer, speaker and co-creator of the patient-led clinical education approach.
I began my professional career as a nurse in 1984, eventually specialising in mental health.
I spent a decade working on clinical systems for American giant Shared Medical Systems, progressing from project manager to Senior Strategic Services Consultant of the U.S. arm of the company.
In 1999 I returned to work for the NHS, successfully revamping the Information and Technology department at an NHS Trust prior to a trust merger. A spell in consultancy for a large Cancer Network followed, by leading two highly successful multi-organisational projects.
More recently I have led a successful interdisciplinary, multi-organisational prescribing project and the development of a parent held medicines record for children with complex conditions.
My Associates and I have also developed, and successfully piloted, ‘patient led clinical medicines reviews’.
I am Head of Medicines and Prescribing at MedicineGov.