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Our ethics toolkits gives you essential guidance on the legal and ethical issues you may encounter in your clinical practice.
This toolkit is about the doctor's role in safeguarding adults who may be at risk of abuse or neglect. Designed principally for doctors working in England, it is also useful for any professional working in health across the devolved nations.
From April 2019 a new medical examiner led system will begin to be rolled out within hospitals in England and Wales.
You face compex dilemmas when treating children and young people. Access our tool kit and other guidance, including FGM and parental responsibility.
Guidance for doctors about confidentiality of patient information and medical health records.
Read our guidance on how to identify and properly manage relevant conflicts of interest.
Access our resources on consent, including the consent tool kit, answering questions on consent, and other key guidance in this area.
This toolkit aims to prepare humanitarian health professionals for the problems they might face while working in conflicts and emergencies.
An A-Z of our guidance on a range of key ethical issues, from access to medical records and confidentiality to safeguarding vulnerable adults or using social media.
Our handy reference paperback gives advice on everyday ethical dilemmas for areas such as the doctor-patient relationship, confidentiality and managing health records.
This guidance sets out the BMA's views on conscientious objection and the manifestation of religious and cultural belief for both doctors and medical students.
Do you treat patients who are refugees or asylum seekers? Find out more about their specific health needs, entitlement to different types of NHS care and how to overcome common access and language barriers.
Our authoritative guide to medical ethics gives you essential guidance on the legal and ethical issues you will encounter in your day-to-day clinical practice.
Read our new guidance which supports doctors making decisions about CANH for adults who lack capacity in England and Wales.
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