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New guidance on leadership and raising concerns

26 January 2012

New guidance Leadership and management for all doctors, Raising and acting on concerns about patient safety and Writing references is published today.

The guidance comes into effect on 12 March 2012 and will replace the previous versions from 2006 and 2007.

The guidance provides more detailed advice on how the principles in Good Medical Practice, the GMC’s core guidance to doctors, apply in the context of doctors’ role in the workplace, including in relation to leadership and management, raising and acting on concerns about patient safety, and writing references.

Leadership and management for all doctors (2012) sets out the wider management and leadership responsibilities of all doctors in the workplace, including responsibilities relating to employment issues; teaching and training; planning, using and managing resources; raising and acting on concerns and helping to develop and improve services.

Raising and acting on concerns about patient safety (2012) highlights the duty of all doctors to raise concerns where they believe that patient safety, dignity or care is compromised by the practice of colleagues or the systems, policies and procedures in the places in which they work. The guidance also includes advice on acting on concerns, including where to go for help and principles for investigating concerns.

Writing references (2012) provides advice which doctors should consider when writing references for colleagues.

View the guidance and supporting materials

Visit our leadership webpage where you can download Leadership and management for all doctors (2012) (222kb, pdf), read the guidance online, and explore some supporting materials.

Visit our raising concerns webpage, where you can download Raising and acting on concerns about patient safety (2012) (179kb, pdf), read the guidance online, and explore some supporting materials, including a case study on raising concerns.

Download Writing references (2012) (101kb, pdf) or read the guidance online.

Press release

Read the press release for the launch of the guidance.

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.

Read about the development of the guidance (371kb, pdf), which explains the process we undertook during the review.

You can also read the results of an audit (225kb, pdf) undertaken of the process for analysing the responses we received during the consultation.