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Good medical practice Good medical practice The duties of a doctor registered with the General Medical Council Patients must be able to trust doctors with their lives and health. To justify that trust you must show respect for human life and make sure your practice meets the standards expected of you in four domains. Knowledge, skills and performance n Make the care of your patient your first concern. n Provide a good standard of practice and care. l Keep your professional knowledge and
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  Good medical practice  Good medical practice   The duties of a doctor registered with the General Medical Council Patients must be able to trust doctors with their lives and health. To justify that trust you must show respect for human life and make sure your practice meets the standards expected of you in four domains. Knowledge, skills and performance n  Make the care of your patient your first concern. n  Provide a good standard of practice and care.  l  Keep your professional knowledge and skills up to date.  l  Recognise and work within the limits of your competence. Safety and quality n  Take prompt action if you think that patient safety, dignity or comfort is being compromised. n  Protect and promote the health of patients and the public. Communication, partnership and teamwork n  Treat patients as individuals and respect their dignity.   l  Treat patients politely and considerately.   l  Respect patients’ right to confidentiality. n  Work in partnership with patients.   l  Listen to, and respond to, their concerns and preferences.   l  Give patients the information they want or need in a way they can understand.   l  Respect patients’ right to reach decisions with you about their treatment and care.   l  Support patients in caring for themselves to improve and maintain their health. n  Work with colleagues in the ways that best serve patients’ interests. Maintaining trust n  Be honest and open and act with integrity. n  Never discriminate unfairly against patients or colleagues. n  Never abuse your patients’ trust in you or the public’s trust in the profession.You are personally accountable for your professional practice and must always be prepared to justify your decisions and actions.  General Medical Council |   01 Good medical practice This guidance has been edited for plain English. Published 25 March 2013.Comes into effect 22 April 2013.This guidance was updated on 29 April 2014 to include paragraph 14.1 on doctors’ knowledge of the English language.You can find the latest version of this guidance on our website at www.gmc-uk.org/guidance .  02   |  General Medical Council Paragraph(s) PageAbout this guidance 03Professionalism in action 1–6 04Domain 1: Knowledge, skills and performance 7–21 06 Develop and maintain your professional 7–13 06 performance Apply knowledge and experience to practice 14–18 07 Record your work clearly, accurately and legibly 19–21 09 Domain 2: Safety and quality 22–30 10  Contribute to and comply with systems to 22–23 10 protect patients Respond to risks to safety 24–27 11 Protect patients and colleagues from any risk 28–30 12 posed by your health Domain 3: Communication, partnership 31–52 13 and teamwork Communicate effectively 31–34 13 Work collaboratively with colleagues to 35–38 14 maintain or improve patient care Teaching, training, supporting and assessing 39–43 14 Continuity and coordination of care 44–45 15 Establish and maintain partnerships with patients 46–52 16 Domain 4: Maintaining trust 53–80 18  Show respect for patients 53–55 18 Treat patients and colleagues fairly and without 56–64 19 discrimination Act with honesty and integrity 65–80 21 References 25 Index 27 Good medical practice Contents
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