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.

Learning materials

Here’s a range of learning materials, like flowcharts and case studies, to help put the principles in our ethical guidance into practice.

Index of materials


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Confidentiality decision tool

Good medical practice in action

Child protection decision tool

Confidentiality: disagreement with an occupational health report

Confidentiality: Disclosing medical records after death

Mental capacity decision tool

Confidentiality: Sharing information with family members

Remote prescribing high level principles

Information for doctors on Cannabis-based products for medicinal use (CBPMs)

Raising concerns: A colleague’s behaviour

Understanding the new data protection law

End of life care: Talking about end of life care

Cosmetic interventions: Seeking informed consent when carrying out a cosmetic procedure

Confidentiality: Sharing information about a patient’s HIV status

Raising a concern: A colleague’s possible drug addiction

Information for doctors and health care colleagues