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CPD Hours : 1

Session Type: E-Learning

Who Should Attend

This course is for all healthcare professionals  primarily, for example, General Practitioners (GPs), health care assistants (HCAs), nurses, allied health professionals and other members of the broader health care team who are involved in chaperoning patients as part of their role.

The content covers what is understood by the term chaperone, why a chaperone needs to be present, the role and responsibility of the chaperone and the rights and concerns of patients.

Session Aims

  • To identify when and for what a chaperone may be required,
  • To understand the role requirements of a chaperone, and
  • To have an understanding of confidentiality issues and the procedures involved in raising concerns.

Session Objectives

  • Understand the legal, ethical and professional considerations as a chaperone.
  • Understand the role of a chaperone, what is meant by the term and when they are required.
  • Display appropriate behaviour during the consultation,
  • Be aware of the chaperone checklist and record-keeping,
  • Know how to raise concerns,
  • Use interpersonal and communication skills to clarify tasks and identify and rectify issues in a range of contexts,
  • Understand the competing perspectives that inform decisions and articulate reasons for own decisions,
  • Develop a broader understanding of the knowledge base to identify principles underlying theoretical frameworks and begin to identify their strengths and weaknesses,
  • Provide informed solutions to standard problems in familiar contexts,
  • Operate under supervision in a range of varied but predictable settings, and
  • Reflect on the performance tasks which may be complex and non-routine.
In a medical setting, a chaperone's key responsibilities include ensuring the comfort and safety of patients during examinations or procedures, providing emotional support, protecting patient dignity, observing the interaction between patient and healthcare provider, and documenting the chaperoning process.
When a patient lacks the capacity to give consent, the chaperone should ensure that the healthcare provider follows the guidelines set out by the Mental Capacity Act 2005. This involves assessing the patient's capacity, making decisions in the patient's best interest, and involving family members or legal representatives as appropriate.
If a patient refuses the presence of a chaperone, their wishes should be respected, provided they have the capacity to make that decision. The healthcare provider should document the refusal and proceed with sensitivity to the patient's comfort and privacy while adhering to the institution's policies and guidelines.
The role of chaperones in medical settings in the UK is governed by various legislations and guidelines, including the General Medical Council (GMC) guidelines, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) standards, and the Mental Capacity Act 2005. These regulations ensure that chaperones are used appropriately and that patients' rights and well-being are protected.
A chaperone can ensure they are acting in the best interest of the patient by maintaining clear communication, respecting patient privacy and dignity, adhering to institutional policies, and documenting all actions taken during the chaperoning process. They should also be aware of and follow the guidelines set by the GMC and other relevant bodies to maintain professional boundaries and ethical standards

This is an Elearning course. Once you have purchased the course, you will have access to the content. You can download the booklet to read through or store on your desktop.

After reading through the booklet and the presentations, please complete the MCQ.

Course available for 30 days
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Enrolled: 13 students
Duration: 60min
Lectures: 3
Video: 1hr
Level: Beginner