Intimate examinations and chaperones

Annex -  Extracts from Good medical practice


In providing clinical care you must:

  1. adequately assess a patient’s condition(s), taking account of their history, including
    1. symptoms 
    2. relevant psychological, spiritual, social, economic, and cultural factors 
    3. the patient’s views, needs, and values
  1. carry out a physical examination where necessary
  2. promptly provide (or arrange) suitable advice, investigation or treatment where necessary
  3. propose, provide or prescribe drugs or treatment (including repeat prescriptions) only when you have adequate knowledge of the patient’s health and are satisfied that the drugs or treatment will meet their needs
  4. propose, provide or prescribe effective treatment based on the best available evidence 
  5. follow our more detailed guidance on professional standards, Good practice in prescribing and managing medicines and devices, if you prescribe 
  6. consult colleagues or seek advice from your supervising clinician, where appropriate
  7. refer a patient to another suitably qualified practitioner when this serves their needs.

You must recognise and respect every patient’s dignity and right to privacy.


If relevant to your practice, you must follow our more detailed guidance on Intimate examinations and chaperones