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Making and using visual and audio recordings of patients

April 2011

New explanatory guidance for doctors, Making and using visual and audio recordings of patients came into effect on 9 May 2011.

It provides more detailed guidance on how the principles in Consent: patients and doctors making decisions together and in Confidentiality apply where doctors make recordings of patients for a variety of purposes. This might include, for example:

  • recordings made as part of a patient’s care
  • for teaching, training, or assessment of health professionals and students
  • research and development
  • recordings for use in widely accessible public media, such as on the internet or broadcast on radio or television.

Using the online version of the guidance

  • Use the tabs below to navigate the guidance;
  • Find resources explaining how the principles in the guidance apply in situations doctors often encounter or find hard to deal with;
  • Read about the background to the development of the guidance.

 

Making and using visual and audio recordings of patients

You can use the online version or the headings on the left to find the guidance you need quickly and easily.

You can navigate through the guidance page by page using the links at the foot of each page or browse for something more specific through the contents page, or open a pdf version of Making and using visual and audio recordings of patients. (pdf)

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Supporting materials

All GMC guidance can be found on our website. Other sources of information and guidance include:

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Background

Development of the guidance

We review all our guidance regularly to ensure that it is relevant to current practice and reflects the views of the profession and the public and other interested groups.

You can read about the development of Making and using visual and audio recordings of patients (116kb, pdf) which explains the process we undertook during the review. This included a formal public consultation to test the draft guidance.

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