Chaperone guidelines and documentation for intimate examinations

20 Apr 2021


The BSPED Executive Committee has discussed current chaperone guidelines with both the GMC and the RCPCH following some historical allegations. While the GMC will not retrospectively apply the current guidance, it is important to follow it now and going forwards. The guidance can be found here. We would like to remind members always to offer a chaperone for intimate examinations, to note that you have done so and to note also if the chaperone is declined. Some trusts are already using a stamp/documentation on notes to record that the relevant conversations have been held. We have uploaded an example from Birmingham Children’s Hospital for your use in Word, Excel and PowerPoint.