The GMC’s 2017 Confidentiality Guidance


The GMC’s 2017 Confidentiality Guidance

Fionnula Flannery, General Medical Council, Standards and Ethics Team.

1800-1930, Thursday the 15th of June.

Crescent Arts Centre

2-4 University Road, Belfast. BT7 1NH

Flyer [.pdf].

In January this year the General Medical Council (GMC) published revised guidance for doctors on confidentiality, which came into effect in April. The guidance sets out the principles of confidentiality and respect for patients’ privacy that all doctors are expected to understand and follow. In this talk, Fionnula will give an overview of the guidance development process, and highlight the main questions and challenges that arose during consultation. These include debates about consent, the definition and scope of public interest, and how to strike the right balance between empowerment and protection of vulnerable adults. Fionnula will also summarise what has changed in the guidance.

Fionnula Flannery works in the Standards and Ethics Team at the General Medical Council. For the past five years she has led the development of new guidance for doctors on standards of professional conduct and medical ethics, and advised on the interpretation of existing guidance. Most recently Fionnula has led the review of the GMC’s confidentiality guidance. Prior to joining the GMC in 2012 Fionnula worked for the UK Government for six years in a number of policy and process roles. Before that, she completed a doctorate in experimental psychology.