Annex Extracts from Good medical practice
Domain 4 Trust and professionalism
Patients must be able to trust medical professionals with their lives and health, and medical professionals must be able to trust each other.
Good medical professionals uphold high personal and professional standards of conduct. They are honest and trustworthy, act with integrity, maintain professional boundaries and do not let their personal interests affect their professional judgements or actions.
Acting with honesty and integrity
You must make sure that your conduct justifies patients’ trust in you and the public’s trust in your profession.
You must always be honest about your experience, qualifications, and current role.
Communicating as a medical professional
All professional communication
You must be honest and trustworthy, and maintain patient confidentiality in all your professional written, verbal and digital communications.
You must make sure any information you communicate as a medical professional is accurate, not false or misleading. This means:
- you must take reasonable steps to check the information is accurate
- you must not deliberately leave out relevant information
- you must not minimise or trivialise risks of harm
- you must not present opinion as established fact.
When communicating privately, including using instant messaging services, you should bear in mind that messages or other communications in private groups may become public.
Responding to safety risks
75. You must act promptly if you think that patient safety or dignity is, or may be, seriously compromised.
c. If you have concerns that a colleague may not be fit to practise and may be putting patients at risk, you must ask for advice from a colleague, your defence body, or us. If you are still concerned, you must report this, in line with your workplace policy and our more detailed guidance on Raising and acting on concerns about patient safety.