The General Medical Council is consulting on which outlines what doctors should consider when discussing treatment and care with patients.
The updated guidance focuses on the importance of communication, personalised conversations, and doctors and patients making decisions about treatment and care together.
The guidance has been restructured and made it clearer, so it’s easier for doctors to apply in practice. In addition, more advice has been provided, including steps to follow when making decisions in different circumstances.
The guidance reflects the law, policy and healthcare settings in all four countries of the UK.
Tell us what matters to you
The consultation is open until Wednesday 23 January 2019 and there are several ways you can take part.
- Read and complete the easy read version of the consultation.
- A survey for patients, carers and members of the public – aimed at those who may not be familiar with the guidance, but will have views on good consent practice.
- Full questionnaire for medical and lay professionals – aimed at those with a detailed working knowledge of the policy, practice and law around consent. You’ll need to read the guidance to answer the questions.
- A survey for doctors and other healthcare professionals – aimed at those with a detailed working knowledge of the issues, but who may not have time to respond to the full questionnaire.
If you have any questions about the review or consultation please contact the Consent review team on email@example.com or 020 7189 5404.
If you’d like to submit a consultation response in hardcopy please send it to: Consent Review Team, General Medical Council, 350 Euston Road, London NW1 3JN.