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The legal status of guidelines

The legal status of guidelines



Time to Complete

0.5 hours


July 6, 2017


July 3, 2018

Programme Description

In this free module, the MDU’s Dr Sally Old discusses the legal status of guidance from national and local organisations, and how to apply it in clinical practice. Key learning points include understanding the terminology used in recommendations from national bodies, and the importance of patient consent. This article is provided by the MDU.

This article forms part of the MDU's Safe, ethical practice learning plan worth 9 CPD credits.

Educational Objectives

After reading this activity, healthcare professionals should be better able to:
  • Understand the need to be aware of relevant guidance
  • Appreciate the circumstances under which a decision to depart from guidance could be justifiable
  • Recall the terminology used by GMC and NICE for recommendations that must be followed
  • Understand the need for discussion with patients and recording decisions about clinical care
  • Author

    Activity and test author
    Dr Sally Old
    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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