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Duty of Care of Healthcare Professionals

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Title: Duty of Care of Healthcare Professionals       

Authors: Roger Kline and Shazia Khan

Publisher: Public World

Reviewer: Lynda Sibson, telemedicine manager, Addenbrookes Hospital

What was it like?

This book addresses the fundamental issue of duty of care for NHS employees in the UK and has been published as a result of the Francis Reports following the Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust Public Inquiry Report. This A4 paperback is also published online at and is divided into six useful chapters and covers all aspects of the duty of care of NHS professionals, from doctors and nurses, to art therapists and physiotherapists.

It is an easy to access (via the internet) and read handbook and clearly lays out the issues related to the duty of care, including the legal, statutory, accountability and whistleblowing. The book is well written and structured, written in an easy to read style, offering the reader clear and simple information. The book also has links to various associated websites and information sources, which make this book especially helpful to any healthcare professional who has an issue and/or interested with a duty of care in their workplace, and also perhaps for those teaching others. The book is also perfectly placed to provide clear information for healthcare students and managers.

What were the highlights?

The highlight of this book includes Chapter 4, which focuses on how to raise concerns, and a useful table outlines a ”Raising Concerns Checklist”. It also focuses on how to raise concerns if you are a manager, who are not usually represented by a professional organisation and often missed from other books associated with duty of care.

Other highlights include the ”Duty of Care Dilemmas” that are presented in text boxes at the side of the main text and offer examples of potential dilemmas from practice.

Strengths & weaknesses:

The book’s strengths include the easy to navigate index, clear and appropriate links to relevant websites and information sources. While the book’s origins clearly stem from the Francis Report, it does not dwell on the past but offers a no nonsense approach to the whole subject and looks to the future in Chapter 6, which focuses on building a safer future for healthcare staff and patients.

Who should read it? 

This book would suit any healthcare professional, student and managers within the UK NHS healthcare system.


Duty of Care of Healthcare Professionals

Duty of Care of Healthcare Professionals

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