IHRD - Get Involved in Duty of Candour

Information on getting involved in the IHRD - Duty of Candour Workstream

Get Involved in Duty of Candour

The Duty of Candour workstream and its Being Open Subgroup are tasked with developing detailed proposals to implement the Inquiry’s recommendations on candour. Find the recommendations being taken forward by the groups at the links below.

To support this work, a range of research has been commissioned to support this work.  Alongside this, a series of involvement workshops have taken place with Health and Social Care staff, service users and carers and the community and voluntary sector.  Further involvement events with a range of different sectors and interested groups are planned.

Find out further information below:


During May and June 2019, a series of workshop events were held to start a conversation with a number of different groups including HSC staff, service user and carer members of the Patient and Client Council membership scheme and representatives of third sector organisations, in relation to Being Open and a Duty of Candour.  The presentation from these events may be accessed here.

The feedback from these events has been analysed and a summarised document has been developed for consideration by the workstream.  The summary document and the raw data upon which it is based, can be accessed here. This document will be reviewed and further developed following subsequent workshops, to ensure that feedback from all stakeholders is taken into account.

Further involvement events, including workshops, are planned as part of the Workstream and sub-group programme of work.  Interested persons can get involved by registering their details, or by submitting evidence (further details below)


The Duty of Candour workstream and its Being Open Subgroup have published research and background papers which have been commissioned by the groups.

This research has been commissioned to help improve our understanding of how candour operates in other jurisdictions, as well as the legal and human rights issues that are relevant to a statutory duty of candour. 

This research has helped the workstream to identify some of the key issues that need to be addressed in order to successfully implement a duty of candour.

The research papers published reflect the position at the time that they were prepared (as indicated on the cover of the papers) and may therefore have been superseded by subsequent policy developments. The research papers may be found below:

Research Papers

Key Analysis Papers

Background Papers

Call for Evidence

The Department continues to seek further evidence, to ensure that the workstream takes into account as wide a range of research as possible.  Please submit your evidence, by emailing ihrd.implementation@health-ni.gov.uk or by writing to:

Hyponatraemia Implementation Programme
Department of Health
Castle Buildings
Stormont Estate

All submissions will be published on the Department’s website.  When making your submission, please include:

  • Your name and/or organisation;
  • The source of your research and/or evidence; and
  • Confirmation that you are content for your name to be shared when publishing the evidence.

Call for Evidence Submissions

Organisational Responses can be viewed at the link below.  Please note that further submissions are also welcome and can be submitted using the contact details above.

Get Involved

If you would like to get involved in the programme of work, find out further information here or register your details here .


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