For many of us, this may once have been a familiar phrase when recording a patient’s consent in the middle of a busy clinic or at the start of the full theatre list. But while the expectations placed upon clinicians around consent to treatment have grown, we know that many Fellows and Members have felt that the training and support available hasn’t kept pace with this progress.
That’s why our College has taken a leading role in examining these issues over the past year. Now, thanks to the work of Dr Catriona Barlow, our Scottish Clinical Leadership Fellow from 2017 to 2018, we’re publishing an online guide to medical consent.
Introducing the topic, Dr Barlow, who is now working as a Registrar at the Forth Valley Hospital in Larbert, emphasised the importance of the issue for clinicians. “I strongly feel that if you empower patients to take involvement in their own care, whether that’s through decision making or through education, then you get happier, more involved patients”.
To explore the pages, please go to the Medical Consent section of the website.