Duty of Candour & Being Open DoH Public Consultation - NICVA Information Event **REGISTRATION CLOSED**

Registration closed
20 May 2021 -
10:00am to 11:00am

On the 20th May NICVA will be hosting an engagement event with the Department of Health (DoH) in relation to the departments current public consultation on policy proposals to implement a Duty of Candour for Health and Social Care (HSC).

About this Event

The Department of Health recently launched a 16 week consultation on draft policy proposals for the statutory Duty of Candour and a Being Open Framework for Health and Social Care (HSC).

The aim of this engagement event is to further inform VCS organisations about these policy proposals and how they can best respond to the public consultation.

Joining us at this event will be staff from the Dept of Health and Quintin Oliver, Chair of The Duty of Candour Workstream, who have been responsible for developing the proposal options to address the recommendations on candour. They shall explain the background to the policy proposals, share information to help support  organisations to respond to the consultation, and answer any immediate questions representatives may have on the draft policy proposals.


10.00  Introduction from Event Chair - Geoff Nuttall, Head of Policy & Public  Affairs, NICVA

10.05  Background on the IHRD programme and public consultation (inc advice on responding) – Quintin Oliver,  Chair of The DOC Workstream & DoH reps

10.25  Q&A

10.45  Final remarks and close

How To Register 

This event will be delivered online using the Zoom platform. You will receive log in details in advance of the event once you register.

You can register for this event by completing the Event Registration Request below.


Duty of Candour and a Being Open Framework

The  statutory Duty of Candour and a Being Open Framework for Health and Social Care (HSC) have been developed following the recommendations from the Inquiry into Hyponatraemia-Related Deaths and are part of the Department of Health’s Hyponatraemia Implementation Programme.

The Inquiry recommended that a statutory Duty of Candour should apply to Healthcare Organisations and everyone working for them. The Inquiry also recommended that criminal liability should attach to breach of this duty and to obstruction of another in the performance of this duty. Further recommendations were made about the need for guidance, support and protection to be provided for staff and organisations in order to create a more open culture.

More Information on the Public Consultation

The consultation is open until 2nd  August 2021. More details on the consultation, including how to respond are available on the DoH website here

Further information in relation to the Duty of Candour Workstream and Being Open Subgroup, as well as the whole Hyponatraemia Implementation Programme, is available here



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