Coronavirus (COVID-19) - our advice for doctors

We recognise that this is a very difficult and worrying time for doctors. Our professional standards provide a framework for ethical decision making in a wide range of situations. They should be followed as far as practical in the circumstances. We're regularly updating our advice for doctors as the situation develops.

Maintaining a professional boundary between you and your patient

This guidance helps you to explore and understand the issues of trust in the doctor-patient relationship and looks at factors affecting patients’ vulnerability.

It also says what to do if a patient pursues a personal relationship with you.

This guidance came into effect 22 April 2013.

Download the guidance

You can download the guidance in English or Welsh.

Maintaining a professional boundary between you and your patient (English)
Maintaining a professional boundary between you and your patient (Welsh)