GMC have published an updated Decision Making and Consent guidance, which comes into effect on 9 November 2020.

The guidance will support doctors to practise shared decision making and help their patients to make healthcare decisions that are right for them. 

Easier to apply in everyday practice

Obtaining patients’ consent needn’t be a formal, time-consuming process. We’ve updated our guidance so it’s easier to apply in everyday practice. New features include:

  • a focus on taking a proportionate approach, acknowledging not every paragraph of the guidance will be relevant to every decision
  • seven key principles which summarise the guidance
  • a new section to help doctors find out what matters to patients so they can share relevant information to help them decide between viable options
  • suggestions for how other members of the healthcare team can support decision making.

Shared decision making and consent are fundamental to good medical practice. Getting this right can empower patients, which helps to improve health outcomes, patient experience and reduce complaints.

Read the guidance