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Rising numbers of doctors receiving open disclosure training

By Paul Mulholland - 23rd Jan 2023

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The number of doctors who received open disclosure training last year increased compared to 2021.

According to figures provided to the Medical Independent (MI) by the HSE, last year (up until 11 November), 3,302 doctors received open disclosure module 1 training online (via HSeLanD). This compares to 1,469 in 2021 and 2,104 in 2020.

The figures show a total of 6,875 doctors have received module 1 training over the three years.

Over the same three years, 1,737 doctors have received module 2 training. A further 803 doctors have received face-to-face training.

The HSE has set a yearly target for 30 per cent of all staff to receive module 1 open disclosure training. Last year (up until 11 November), there was a 36 per cent uptake.

The spokesperson told MI the open disclosure training figures were “encouraging”, but warned the figures have some limitations

These limitations included that the accuracy of the statistics for different organisations is dependent on the correct data being entered on the system.

“Further limitations identified…is that the data includes everyone who completed any form of open disclosure training, including staff that have retired, resigned from the HSE or moved post within the HSE over that period….”

The HSE open disclosure policy was reviewed, updated and launched in 2019. A further review of the policy was undertaken and following consultation the policy was submitted to the national open disclosure steering committee in May 2022.

“It was agreed by the… committee… that the launch of the policy should align to the publication of the national open disclosure policy framework, the enactment of the Patient Safety Bill and revision of Part 4 of the Civil Liability Amendment Act 2017,” said the Executive spokesperson.

In December, the Dáil agreed the report stage debate of the Patient Safety Bill would be adjourned until early this year.

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