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.

Sexual behaviour and your duty to report colleagues

This guidance tells you what to do if a patient shares concerns about a possible breach of sexual boundaries by a colleague, including if the patient doesn’t want to take the matter further.

It also explores what to do if you find yourself in a situation where you are unsure about the behaviour or comments a colleague may have made, which may breach professional boundaries and require action.

This guidance came into effect 22 April 2013. It was updated on 25 May 2018 to reflect the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation and Data Protection Act 2018.