This ethical hub topic shows how our professional standards can be applied in this area of care and signposts to relevant resources. It does not set new professional standards and is not intended to replace the formal guidance. Page last reviewed: 09 April 2024. 

Identifying and tackling sexual misconduct

Sexual misconduct in healthcare is always unacceptable and can be a criminal offence. It can have a devastating impact on individuals, teams and patient safety. 

This page gives advice on how to identify the behaviours, cultures and norms which may lead to sexual misconduct. It gives advice on how to make sure appropriate boundaries between doctors, patients, colleagues and students are maintained. It also signposts to help and support for anyone affected by sexual misconduct in the workplace, including how to speak up and raise concerns.