Fundamental standards of behaviour
The inquiry emphasised the need for a commitment to standards which should be applied by all those who work in the heathcare system.
It also recommended that the NHS Constitution should set out relevant professional and managerial codes, along with an expectation that staff follow guidance and comply standards relevant to their work.
The constitution already sets out a legal duty for staff to ‘accept professional accountability and maintain the standards of professional practice as set by the appropriate regulatory body applicable to your profession or role.’
The Department of Health will also look at how to appropriately reflect the issue of standards and guidance in the NHS Constitution, and its handbook, when they are next updated.
Recommendation 9Professional and managerial codes in the NHS Constitution
Recommendation 10Staff compliance with guidance
Recommendation 11Compliance with standard procedures
Recommendation 12Reporting of incidents