Professional standards for doctors
Our professional standards, set out in 11 categories, provide a framework for ethical decision making in a wide range of situations.
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Good medical practice
Start here with Good medical practice – our core guidance for all registered doctors. All our guidance builds on these core principles.
Guidance on confidentiality. You will also find six supporting pieces of guidance to help you decide if patient information should be disclosed in particular situations, such as when considering if a patient is fit to drive, or when a patient has a serious communicable disease.
A range of guidance to help make sure that you remain professional in the variety of situations that you face. This includes advice on maintaining appropriate boundaries and our social media guidance.
Children and young people
Guidance on treating children and young people. You will also find advice on the responsibilities of all doctors in protecting children and young people.
Consent and research
Guidance on consent and research, including decision making and consent and good practice in research.
Prescribing and cosmetics
Guidance on what is expected of a doctor who offers cosmetic interventions.
Care at the end of life
Guidance on providing care to patients reaching the end of their life. It covers adults, children and neonates and includes guidance on advance care planning, clinically assisted nutrition and hydration, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
Leadership and delegation
All doctors have a leadership role. This guidance supports you in that, and provides additional advice for those in more senior roles.
Interests and beliefs
Guidance to help you with personal interests and beliefs. Including financial and commercials arrangements and conflicts of interest.
Legal and regulatory proceedings
Guidance on what is expected of a doctor in a legal, criminal or regulatory proceeding.
Candour and raising concerns
Guidance for doctors on duty of candour and acting on raised concerns.