GMC Guidance for all doctors – cosmetic interventions

The General Medical Council (GMC) have this week launched a consultation on new draft guidance which sets out the standards we expect from doctors offering cosmetic interventions.

Here at Derma Medical we are in support of this latest guidance and have included their initial draft below. We’ll keep you updated as we hear anymore.

The guidance is designed to promote safe, patient-centred care by making sure doctors who offer these interventions know what is expected of them. It applies to doctors offering both surgical and non-surgical interventions.

Key points in the draft guidance include:

  • making sure patients are given enough time and information before they decide whether to have an intervention
  • directly seeking a patient’s consent rather than delegating to another health professional
  • taking particular care when considering requests for interventions on children and young people
  • considering patients’ psychological needs and if necessary seeking expert advice from colleagues
  • responsible marketing
  • being open and honest with patients about the risks involved.

We want our guidance to be practical, fair and fit for purpose and would like your help to make sure we get it right. The consultation is open to anyone who wishes to respond and we are particularly keen to hear from those with experience of either providing or receiving cosmetic interventions.

The consultation runs from 8 June – 1 September 2015. The GMC hope to publish the final guidance in early 2016.

The General Medical Council protect patients and improve medical education and practice in the UK by setting standards for students and doctors. You can visit their website here.

Helen Gavin
Helen Gavin

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