How to use the Guidance A-Z
The A-Z can be used just like the index of a book.
You are looking for information about professional indemnity cover. Clicking on A will display all entries beginning with the letter A (in alphabetical order). Click on the link under Advance care planning below,
Advance care planning
(Consent, paragraphs 57-61)
and you will be taken to the webpage containing paragraphs 57-61 from the Consent Guidance, which refers to advance care planning.
List of the GMC's ethical guidance
Click here to view the full list of the GMC's ethical guidance, including the abbreviated titles.
The Mental Capacity Act came into full effect in England and Wales in October 2007. There are a number of areas of current GMC guidance on good practice which are affected by the new legal framework.
Anyone referring to GMC guidance should read it in conjunction with the new Mental Capacity Act and Code of Practice.
In most cases, the new statutory requirements for decision-making simply reinforce or complement the principles set out in our guidance. In a few areas, some statements in our guidance clearly can be seen to be overtaken by the new law.
This affects, for example, the guidance on Research, where we state that no one can give or withhold consent on behalf of an incapacitated adult and that there is no legislation in England and Wales setting out the circumstances in which research involving adults with mental incapacity may be undertaken (see paragraphs 45, 47 and 48). The guidance on Withholding and withdrawing life-prolonging treatments (paragraphs 13 to 15 and 51, 52, 55 and 59) is also affected.
We have a rolling programme to revise and update our published guidance. So we will take the earliest opportunity to ensure that all our guidance documents satisfactorily reflect the current legal position. Anyone who has concerns about possible differences between the advice in any current GMC guidance and the requirements of the new Act and Code should contact email@example.com.