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Effective Consent Practice: Meeting the GMC Guidance on Decision Making & Consent

Training dates throughout the year:

Friday 29 Jan 2021
VIRTUAL, Online Book Now
Wednesday 19 May 2021
VIRTUAL, Online Book Now

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This conference focuses on delivering effective consent practice and ensuring adherence to the new 2020 guidance from the General Medical Council. 

“Medical practice, the law around consent, the healthcare environment and the doctor-patient relationship has changed over time.”

General Medical Council October 2020

“We know that the coronavirus pandemic has created new and ongoing challenges for doctors. Good practice in shared decision making is more important than ever, with the increase in remote consultations and other changes to the way care is delivered.”

General Medical Council September 2020

The Seven Principles as outlined by the New GMC Guidance are:

  1. Principle one All patients have the right to be involved in decisions about their treatment and care and be supported to make informed decisions if they are able. 
  2. Principle two Decision making is an ongoing process focused on meaningful dialogue: the exchange of relevant information specific to the individual patient.
  3. Principle three All patients have the right to be listened to, and to be given the information they need to make a decision and the time and support they need to understand it. 
  4. Principle four Doctors must try to find out what matters to patients so they can share relevant information about the benefits and harms of proposed options and reasonable alternatives, including the option to take no action. 
  5. Principle five Doctors must start from the presumption that all adult patients have capacity to make decisions about their treatment and care. A patient can only be judged to lack capacity to make a specific decision at a specific time, and only after assessment in line with legal requirements. 
  6. Principle six The choice of treatment or care for patients who lack capacity must be of overall benefit to them, and decisions should be made in consultation with those who are close to them or advocating for them. 
  7. Principle seven Patients whose right to consent is affected by law should be supported to be involved in the decision-making process, and to exercise choice if possible.

This timely conference will focus on ensuring adherence to these principles in practice. The conference will also update delegates on implications of recent legal developments.

This conference will enable you to:

  • Network with colleagues who are working to improve consent practice
  • Reflect on national developments and learning including the new GMC consent guidance which comes into force on the 9th November 2020
  • Ensure adherence to the seven consent principles in practice 
  • Ensure you are up to date with legal practice and principles
  • Reflect on the patient perspective and ensure a fully personalised and individualised approach, giving patients adequate time to fully understand, digest and reflect upon the information about their care and treatment
  • Learn from outstanding practice in shared decision making and the communication of risk
  • Embed best consent practice within mainstream clinical processes
  • Ensure best practice when patients don’t want to be involved in decision making, or refuse treatment
  • Learn form case studies in implementing consent best practice at the end of life, and in nurse led consent
  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice
  • Gain CPD accreditation points contributing to professional development and revalidation evidence

Chair & Speakers Include:

Prof Alison Britton

Task & Finish Group Member, Consent Guidance
General Medical Council

Dr Prasanna De Silva

Consultant Psychiatrist & Senior Lecturer
Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Trust

Ms Samantha Dorney-Smith

Homeless Health Programme Project Lead
Queen's Nursing Institute

Virtual Attendance

Our online virtual events include a combination of live webcam presentations, training materials, video sessions and interactive exercises.

All you need is a quiet space, a good internet connection and PC or laptop with camera and microphone to allow you to see, hear and speak to the facilitator and other delegates. We will provide full instructions for accessing the platform along with login details. 

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Virtual Training

Exhibition & Sponsorship Packages

This conference offers a valuable opportunity for industry suppliers to personally meet with their target audience where they will have time to talk and demonstrate the benefits of their products. High quality specialist audiences make having a presence at our events a highly targeted and cost effective marketing channel.

Why Exhibit?

Having a presence at this event will give you the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate your product, system or service
  • Network and engage face to face with your key audience o 
  • Generate new business leads
  • Gain exposure for your brand and raise the profile of your organisation
  • Understand the current needs of your audience and challenges they’re facing
  • Update your knowledge of national policy and local developments  


Contact Carolyn Goodbody for exhibition and sponsorship prices, or to discuss a tailored package to suit your needs and budget.

Fee Options

NHS, Social Care, Private Healthcare Organisations & Universities



Voluntary sector & charities



Commercial organisations



(Prices in brackets include VAT)


Additional delegate discount:

A discount of 15% will be applied to fees for any extra delegates.

Online discount:

A discount of 10% will be applied if you pay using the website.

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