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The level of training that non-clinicians have been given in order to provide effective chaperoning is highly variable, ranging frequently from no training at all, to others having formal training programmes.  The MDU, in August 2010 restated the need for chaperones to have had some form of ‘formal training’.  Advice from both the BMA and MDU is not always black and white, and this course provides a clear strategy for practices to adopt. It works best when attended by chaperones, nurses, a GP or two and a manager: the whole practice team potentially!  This course provides clarity for clinicians, chaperones and managers.

Primary Care Chaperoning: a comprehensive approach’ aims to provide a wide-ranging training programme to those who undertake chaperoning, and those asking for a chaperone.


  • Clarifying definitions
  • The concept of ‘intimacy’,
  • Roles and responsibilities of the partners and the chaperone
  • What the chaperone should be looking for whilst present
  • Issues of consent: when and how it should be gained
  • Risk areas in conducting intimate examinations
  • Challenges to the gmcs ‘same sex chaperone’ guidance,
  • The themes to be addressed in a practice chaperone policy
  • Reporting concerns
  • Providing a chaperoning policy

Who Should Attend?

  • Primary Care managers
  • Nurses and Healthcare assistants
  • Receptionists who chaperone patients
  • GPs who use chaperones
  • Great for in-house training or PLT

How Long Is The Course?

The course is a half day session (3 hours)

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Chaperone Training
Western Isles (14 delegates) - 25th November 2021

10 delegates completed evaluations, each scoring 4 domains out of 6

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