Working with doctors Working for patients

Communicate effectively

31. You must listen to patients, take account of their views, and respond honestly to their questions.

32. You must give patients20 the information they want or need to know in a way they can understand. You should make sure that arrangements are made, wherever possible, to meet patients’ language and communication needs.21

33. You must be considerate to those close to the patient and be sensitive and responsive in giving them information and support.

34. When you are on duty you must be readily accessible to patients and colleagues seeking information, advice or support.