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Confidentiality and consent when treating teenagers

Confidentiality and consent when treating teenagers



Time to Complete

0.5 hours


May 3, 2018


January 18, 2019

Programme Description

MDU medico-legal adviser Dr Ellie Mein discusses the issues surrounding consent to treatment when the patient is a teenager. Key learning points include how to assess for Gillick competence, when to involve parents, and when to share information.

This article forms part of the MDU's Safe, ethical practice learning plan worth 4.5 CPD credits.

Educational Objectives

After taking this module, healthcare professionals should be better able to:
  • Recall when children are deemed capable of consenting to medical treatment
  • Understand and apply the concept of Gillick competence
  • Act appropriately if they suspect abuse or neglect
  • Respond to requests from schools for confirmation of appointments
  • Author

    Activity and test author
    Dr Ellie Mein
    MDU medico-legal adviser


    This article is provided by the MDU


    This is a learning activity provided by MIMS Learning, featuring learning material and a test. Completing the test enables you to claim 0.5 learning credits (0.5 hours learning). This credit award is recommended by MIMS Learning based on completing the activity and reflecting on what you have learned. If you spend less time on the activity we recommend claiming fewer credits.

    Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully answered all the test questions and completed your evaluation. You will then receive your MIMS Learning CPD certificate, which will be added to your CPD organiser for access at any time and may be exported to the Clarity & RCGP Appraisal Toolkit for GPs. This activity is offered at no cost.


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