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Standards and ethics guidance for doctors

Contents

Good medical practice

Our core guidance is Good medical practice, which sets out the standards that are expected of every doctor on our register. This guidance was updated on 29 April 2014 to include paragraph 14.1 on doctors’ knowledge of the English language.

Good medical practice (2013)

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Published: March 2013

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Consent: patients and doctors making decisions together

Consent expands on the guidance in Good medical practice, which requires doctors to be satisfied that they have consent from a patient, or other valid authority, before undertaking any examination or investigation, providing treatment, or involving patients in teaching and research.

Consent: patients and doctors making decisions together

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Published: 2008

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Confidentiality: good practice in handling patient information

We receive more enquiries about confidentiality than any other issue. This guidance offers advice to doctors on this complicated area, from how to keep records secure to when and how to share information for research purposes.

Confidentiality: good practice in handling patient information

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Published: 2017

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0–18 years: guidance for all doctors

This guidance develops the duties and principles set out in Good medical practice and in our other guidance. It focuses on children and young people from birth until their 18th birthday.

0-18 years: guidance for all doctors

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Published: 2007

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Protecting children and young people

All children and young people are entitled to protection from abuse and neglect. This guidance aims to help doctors keep children and young people safe, and to support doctors in what will always be a difficult area of practice.

Protecting children and young people

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Published: July 2012

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Leadership and management for all doctors

This guidance sets out the wider management and leadership responsibilities of all doctors in the workplace. These responsibilities relate to employment issues, teaching and training, planning, using and managing resources, raising and acting on concerns, and helping to develop and improve services.

Leadership and management for all doctors

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Published: January 2012

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Raising and acting on concerns about patient safety

All doctors have a duty to act when they believe patients' safety is at risk, or that patients' care or dignity is being compromised. This guidance sets out doctors' responsibilities and gives advice on how to raise and act on concerns.

Raising and acting on concerns about patient safety

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Published: January 2012

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Treatment and care towards the end of life

This guidance develops the duties and principles set out in Good medical practice and in our other guidance. It sets out the standards of practice expected of doctors treating patients nearing the end of their life.

 

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Published: 2010

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Guidance for doctors acting as responsible consultants or clinicians

This document brings together relevant sections from our existing guidance, to support doctors in England who take on the role of a responsible consultant or clinician.

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Explanatory guidance

You can find the full list of explanatory guidance publications in the list of ethical guidance section.