Good medical practice

Good medical practice sets out the standards of care and behaviour expected of all medical professionals. 

It covers areas that include:  

  • making the care of patients the first concern
  • providing a good standard of practice and care, and working within competence
  • working in partnership with patients and supporting them to make informed decisions about their care
  • treating colleagues with respect and help to create an environment that is compassionate, supportive and fair
  • acting with honesty and integrity and being open if things go wrong
  • protecting and promoting the health of patients and the public

This guidance came into effect on 30 January 2024.