There are two types of Duty of Candour

  1. Statutory: This is the legal requirement to report serious and untoward incidents, such as death and severe harm and clearly specified in the regulation. This has a higher threshold and is appropriate only where serious harm has occurred
  2. Professional/Ethical: Most professional bodies have set out codes of conduct that any incident should be subject to a Duty of Candour, even if it has not resulted in serious harm. This has a much lower threshold, and covers any unexpected incident that is of concern or causes harm or distress

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