The duty of care of health professionals: a handbook


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This handbook provides detailed guidance on the range of duties of care owed by healthcare workers to patients - particularly with regard to patient safety. It also importantly examines the responsibilities of healthcare organisations in supporting their staff in meeting these duties.

The advice is framed particularly in light of the findings of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry, and focuses on the importance of speaking up, raising concerns and the difficult challenges that healthcare staff face when their duty of care clashes with other pressures they are put under within their roles.

The handbook is targeted mainly at healthcare professionals regulated by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care, but the guidance and advice is relevant to all who work in healthcare setting. 

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