Decision making and consent



If a patient is a Welsh language speaker, this may be a legal requirement.


Good medical practice paragraph 33 states; 'You must consider and respond to the needs of patients with impairments or disabilities. Not all impairments and disabilities are easy to identify so you should ask patients what support they need, and offer reasonable adjustments that are proportionate to the circumstances.’  ‘Reasonable adjustments’ does not only mean changes to the physical environment. It can include, for example, being flexible about appointment time or length, and making arrangements for those with communication difficulties, such as impaired hearing. For more information, see the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s website.


See paragraphs 128–146 on CPR in Treatment and care towards the end of life.


For example, the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984; the Public Health etc. (Scotland) Act 2008; the Public Health Act (Northern Ireland) 1967.