National Consent Advisory Group Documents

National Consent Policy

The need for consent and the application of the general principles of this policy extends to all interventions conducted by or on behalf of the HSE on service users in all locations. It includes social as well as health care interventions and applies to those receiving care and treatment in hospitals, in the community and in residential care settings

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A Guide for Health and Social care professionals

If your work involves treating or caring for people, you must make sure you have that person's consent to do what you propose to do. This respect for people's rights to determine what happens to their own bodies is a fundamental part of good practice. It is also a legal requirement. This booklet provides a brief guide to some of the common issues regarding consent that may arise in practice.

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Consent: A guide for patients and service users

You have the right to make decisions about what happens to you. If a health or social care professional recommends any treatment or care for you, such as a blood test, operation or providing you with a home help, they must first get your consent. This leaflet explains what consent means and how it may effect you or your care.

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Consent: A guide for young people

Before a doctor, a nurse, or anyone else looking after your health or providing care to you can examine or treat you or provide services for you, they need to ask for consent. That means they must ask for your agreement and usually the agreement of your parents as well. The reference to parents in this guide also includes legal guardians. This short leaflet explains what consent is and how it may affect you and your care.

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