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There can be various reasons why a doctor or dentist would want to make a visual or audio recording of a patient consultation or procedure, such as for research or training purposes. However, it is important to respect ethical principles of consent and confidentiality in doing so.

Provision of medical reports

An overview of the rules around the provision of medical reports for employment, insurance or similar purposes.

GDPR - privacy notices

A step-by-step guide to writing privacy notices

GDPR - subject access requests

An overview of the rules around subject access requests under the GDPR

Confidentiality – adults with incapacity

It is a presumption that every adult patient has the mental capacity to make choices and decisions concerning the disclosure of their personal information, unless proved otherwise.

GDPR - lawful basis for processing

An overview of the lawful bases for processing personal data under the GDPR

GDPR – general – core principles

Explore the core principles of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).


Apologising when things go wrong is an essential part of practice and can assist in maintaining good patient relationships.

Confidentiality - disclosures in the public interest

In some circumstances, disclosing confidential patient information is permissible in the public interest.

Access to deceased records

This advice addresses some of the most common queries, together with appropriate suggested responses.

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