Abstract

Guidance for employers on sharing information about healthcare workers has been produced in partnership with NHS Employers. This document outlines a set of key principles for employers to consider in relation to the sharing of relevant information between the private and public health sectors, when the conduct or performance of a healthcare worker comes into question, and a substantiated risk to patient or public safety has been identified.

Healthcare workers who are a cause for concern can sometimes go undetected by moving between organisations before those concerns can be verified and acted upon. Where this happens, the risks posed can be very serious and this needs to be addressed.

While not intended to introduce new measures, this guidance document specifically focuses on strengthening existing policy and legislative levers, and includes a number of tools to help employers ensure that workable measures are introduced within their organisations which facilitate the sharing of relevant information in the interest of patient and public safety.