Information for doctors

Our ethical guidance

Our professional standards for doctors provide a framework for ethical decision making in a wide range of situations. Doctors should continue to follow our guidance as far as is practical in the circumstances. In some extreme cases some doctors may have to depart from established procedures to care for patients.

Our ethical hub has advice on the most common questions we’ve been asked about practising at this challenging time. This includes information about working safely, your health and wellbeing and remote prescribing.

Supporting the profession

We’ve worked with the UK’s chief medical officers and NHS England’s National Medical Director to set out how we’ll support the profession during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Our statement recognises the challenges that doctors are facing. This includes working in unfamiliar circumstances or surroundings, or in clinical areas outside their usual practice. It highlights our expectations of employers, professional bodies, and the UK’s health services. And reiterates our determination to make sure the long-term prospects of trainees aren’t compromised.

Our Chair, Dame Clare Marx has also shared her advice to doctors caring for patients across the UK.