Duties of a doctor in the workplace
- 1. Doctors make an important contribution to the management and leadership of health services and the delivery of healthcare across the UK as part of a multidisciplinary team. All doctors have some responsibilities for using resources; many will also lead teams or be involved in supervising colleagues.
- 2. The primary duty of all doctors is for the care and safety of patients. Whatever their role, doctors must do the following.
- a. Engage with colleagues* to maintain and improve the safety and quality of patient care.
- b. Contribute to discussions and decisions about improving the quality of services and outcomes.
- c. Raise and act on concerns about patient safety.
- d. Demonstrate effective team working and leadership.
- e. Promote a working environment free from unfair discrimination, bullying and harassment, bearing in mind that colleagues and patients come from diverse backgrounds.
- f. Contribute to teaching and training doctors and other healthcare professionals, including by acting as a positive role model.
- g. Use resources efficiently for the benefit of patients and the public.
*Those you work with, including managers of services, whether or not they are also doctors.