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Consent guidance

Following consultation on our new standards last year, we have developed additional guidance relating to the professional duty of candour, and gaining valid consent. 

It is important for all healthcare professionals to obtain valid consent before examining a patient, providing treatment or involving patients in teaching and research activities. It is a general legal and ethical principle that valid consent must be obtained at the point of care and throughout treatment.

New standards on consent came into force in April 2016. 

Read supplementary guidance on obtaining valid consent

Online: Consent

Download: (PDF)

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Legal framework for England and Wales: capacity to consent

Legal framework for Scotland: capacity to consent

Legal framework for Northern Ireland: capacity to consent

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