Decision making and consent

The scope of this guidance

1

This guidance is relevant to every health and care decision that you make with every patient. This includes decisions about treatments, procedures, interventions, investigations, screenings, examinations and referrals.

2

Decisions about consent to disclosure of information are covered in our guidance on confidentiality.  Decisions about providing innovative treatments or approaches are covered by this guidance.

3

This guidance applies equally to decisions about mental and physical health, and in whatever setting your interaction with a patient takes place, including remote consultations.

4

For patients under 18 this guidance should be read alongside 0–18: guidance for all doctors.