An understanding of the law and the way in which it impacts upon roles, responsibilities and care is a vital component in everyday healthcare. The law of consent is particularly complex, and its inadvertent misinterpretation, misapplication or maladministration by health professionals has led to an increasing number of legal claims for compensation. This book explains the legal issues around consent to treatment in England and Wales simply and straightforwardly. It uses real-life examples to set out the professional obligations, basic principles of consent and detailed information on each area, enabling health professional to approach consent methodically and to ensure that it is validly obtained and recorded. 'Explains the complexities of consent in a practical and straightforward way making a difficult and often complex subject easy to understand. In addition it is a useful handbook that health professionals at all levels can refer to as an everyday text to help guide them through the intricacies of the topic.' - From the Foreword by Colum J Smith 'This book is invaluable to health care professionals and could help prevent them from attending court defending the care they have inadvertently provided.' - From the Foreword by Sue Battersby 'A very useful book for healthcare professionals of all kinds to refer to' - From the Foreword by Louise M Terry
Introduction to Consent. The Legal Process. Accountability. The Basic Principles of Consent. Scope of Consent. Refusing and withdrawing of consent. Relatives' Rights. Forms of Consent. Informed Consent. Documenting Consent Issues. Consent Children and young persons. Consent to video recordings and clinical photography. Consent and Removal of Tissue. Research and Innovative Treatment. Withholding and withdrawing treatment. Acting in an emergency. Capacity. Advance Decisions and Advance Statements. Custody - Consent for therapeutic and forensic intervention. Religious Beliefs. Applications to Court.