WHY IS CONSENT IMPORTANT?
A patient cannot receive medical treatment without consent. People over 16 years of age can legally consent to treatment if they are capable of understanding the nature and effect of the proposed treatment. Consent must be both informed and effective. To be informed, a person must be given information about the procedure relevant to the individual situation. To be effective, the person should be able to demonstrate in his or her own words understanding of the proposed treatment. Merely asking the person if they understand and receiving a 'yes' or nod in response is generally insufficient. Where any doubt relating to a person's mental capacity exists, the practitioner should consult with the person's family or carers.
Documents giving information about consent are listed below. They cover various situations in which consent is necessary.
Forms for use when requesting "one-off" consent from the Guardianship Board can be found under Publications link on the left.