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Consent: Supported Decision-Making - a good practice guide

In 2015, the ruling of the UK Supreme Court in the case of Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board fundamentally changed the practice of consent, shifting the focus of the consent discussion to the specific needs of each individual patient.

The College has developed guidance on consent that sets out the principles for working with patients through a process of supported decision-making. It includes the full implications of the new legal context, and provides guidance on the discussion with the patient, the role of the consent form and how to document the consent process.