Attitudes, Ethics & Responsibilities AER10

With appropriate decision making skills, clinical reasoning and judgement so that they will:




Learning Outcome

  • Have an understanding of medical ethics in relation to clinical practice and the care of patients.
  • Use resources in an ethical way.
  • Apply the principles of research ethics.
  • Understand and apply the principles of equal opportunities and avoid unfair discrimination in a diverse society.


CbD MSF Part 2 FRCOphth 


Feedback likely from: medical staff, Allied Health Professional (nurse, optometrist, orthoptists), secretarial and clerical staff

Target Year of Achievement

Foundation (annual review)

Related Learning Outcomes



  • Consider the concept of rationing in healthcare; is there a role for this?
  • Be aware of what you should do if the best treatment for your patient is not available on the NHS.
  • Identify conflicts of responsibility you may meet in your practice (e.g. family versus work).
  • Identify conflicts of interest for yourself and others.
  • Consider whether there are conflicts between research and patient care.
  • Identify in “the system” what prejudices there might be and if you can do anything to help solve these.
  • Consider an ‘Equality and Diversity’ course.
  • Ensure your assessments and interventions are always patient-centred, and respectful of diversity.


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