Updated standards for doctors now available

  • 22 Aug 2023
  • RCOphth

The General Medical Council (GMC) has this week published an update on Good medical practice, which details the principles, values and standards expected of doctors working in the UK.

This updated version, which comes into effect at the end of January next year, includes an entire section devoted to ‘contributing to a positive working and training environment’. It says doctors must behave in ways that create ‘a culture that is respectful, fair, supportive and compassionate’, and should be aware of how their behaviour may influence others.

You can see the updated Good medical practice on the GMC website. It gives doctors a guiding framework for caring for patients and working with colleagues, allowing them to apply their professional judgement.

For the 2024 version, there are updates in five key areas: creating respectful, fair and compassionate workplaces, promoting patient-centred care, helping to tackle discrimination, championing fair and inclusive leadership, and supporting continuity of care and safe delegation.