Current guidance on the role of a chaperone in primary care states that everyone should receive chaperone training to better understand their role and responsibilities as a chaperone. This half day session in chaperone training ensures that all team members feel confident with their role and can act in the interest of the patient.
Examinations of patients are conducted by doctors so routinely that a number of doctors each year forget to take proper steps to protect themselves from false complaints. Consequently, patients can misinterpret their doctor’s use of touch, during and examination, and come to doubt the doctor’s motivations. The use of chaperones is encouraged by the GMC because they offer reassurance to patients, and reduce the likelihood of complaints.
On completion of this half day chaperone training course, delegates will understand the role and responsibilities of a chaperone in a primary health care environment. Specifically, delegates will focus on the best practice guidance for the role and the skills required. Essentially, chaperones have a dual role – protection for patients and staff – and both aspects will be fully covered in this chaperone training session.
By the end of the chaperone training course delegates will be able to:
- Know what is meant by the term chaperone
- Recognise the need for a chaperone in a practice
- Describe what is meant by an intimate examination
- Be aware of the right of the patient
- Explian the role of a chaperone
- Communicate the chaperone service to patients
This course is designed for all those staff who are called upon to act as a chaperone in primary care – it is particularly suitable for:
• Reception staff
• Healthcare assistants and support workers