1. In our guidance Consent: patients and doctors making decisions together, we say:

2. Whatever the context in which medical decisions are made, you must work in partnership with your patients to ensure good care. In so doing, you must:

  • listen to patients and respect their views about their health
  • discuss with patients what their diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and care involve
  • share with patients the information they want or need in order to make decisions
  • maximise patients’ opportunities, and their ability, to make decisions for themselves
  • respect patients’ decisions.

2. In our guidance Confidentiality we say:

6. Confidentiality is central to trust between doctors and patients. Without assurances about confidentiality, patients may be reluctant to seek medical attention or to give doctors the information they need in order to provide good care. But appropriate information sharing is essential to the efficient provision of safe, effective care, both for the individual patient and for the wider community of patients.

3. This explanatory guidance is intended to provide more detailed advice about how to comply with these principles when making or using visual and audio recordings of patients.

4. Serious or persistent failure to follow this guidance will put your registration at risk.