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Chaperone policy

A chaperone is described as a person who accompanies and looks after another person or group of people, by providing support or acting as a witness.

Clinical chaperones

In a clinical setting, the main duties of the chaperone are to accompany and assist the clinician in the care and treatment of patients and to act as a witness. A chaperone increases practice security by being on hand to help defuse violent or abusive incidents or, if necessary, to obtain immediate help from others in the practice.

Ideally a chaperone should be present whenever a clinician provides care to patients during advertised practice working hours.

If, during practice working hours, a clinician is required to provide care without the support of a chaperone, our practice systems allow for help and support to be summoned immediately.

Outside of normal practice hours, it is unlikely that a chaperone will be present to provide support routinely – for example, providing out-of-hours urgent care to patients. Participation in local public health programmes may also necessitate working without a chaperone. In these circumstances, the clinician should assess the risks involved and their options for providing patient care:

A patient’s request to be accompanied in the surgery by a relative or friend should be considered and only refused if the presence of the relative or friend would adversely affect the care provided.

Non-clinical chaperones

In addition to the need for a chaperone when providing care to patients, a chaperone may also be required in the following situations.

In these circumstances, the chaperone should be aware that, as a witness, they can be required to provide a witness statement of the event.

Last updated: Tuesday 24 April, 2018