Module 4 aims:

This module will give participants an overview of the essential components of medical ethics and law; the impact on professional relationships with patients and the range of expected responses to inquiries into clinical care and behaviours.

Learning outcomes:

At the end of the module the learner will be expected to be able to:

  • Recognise the relevance of ethical principles to clinical practice and clinical management decisions.

  • Understand why complaints occur and the use of a systematic approach to investigation.

  • Evaluate the role of individual patient complaints in improving care standards.

  • Confirm the professional obligations and implications of probity/conflicts of interest.

  • Review the legal framework underpinning clinical practice.

  • Understand the relationship between domestic and EU law for clinical practice.

  • Confirm the principles for informed consent for treatment/investigation and research for all ages.

  • Recognise the best practice requirements for report writing for use in legal and non-legal settings.

Core components presented in this day include: overview of principles of bioethics and their application for complex clinical decisions; human factors, communication and behaviour, impact on complaints and role as a driver for improvement. Components will also include professional sanctions and rules for probity; update on recent domestic and EU legislative and common law changes for informed consent, capacity assessment and the role of advocates for patient decisions and confidentiality. The module will also address preparation for giving evidence and features of a good report.