RCGP Curriculum - 3.3 Ethics and Value-based Practice

This section of our curriculum guide refers to statement 3.3, Ethics and Value-based Practice, produced by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).

Photograph: Haymarket Medical/J H Lancy
Photograph: Haymarket Medical/J H Lancy

Like all healthcare professionals, GPs have a duty to behave ethically and professionally.

The provision of healthcare is guided by a framework of legal and ethical principles that are reflected in professional codes of practice.

While general practice has focused on personalised care to individual patients, GPs also take part in public health programmes such as immunisation and health education, and have an obligation to use available resources efficiently to benefit all users of the healthcare system.

GPs need to be able to justify their decisions with reference to both the clinical evidence and the moral and other values that inform those decisions. The knowledge and skills acquired are applicable across the whole curriculum and should be incorporated into all aspects of clinical, managerial and research practice.

Here we have collated key articles from our journals to help you meet the curriculum requirements in this area.

In this section you will find articles on:

Moral reasoning skills

Reflective skills


Moral reasoning skills

Moral reasoning skills

Informed Consent
Prioritising according to clinical need
Relationships with patients

Reflective skills

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These curriculum resources are regularly updated with relevant articles from our range of healthcare publications. All articles are reviewed by GP advisers. We have set the standard lifetime of an article at two years and will aim to renew all articles within that timeframe. However, some older articles will remain in the listing if our reviewers believe there to be no significant changes to the topic covered.

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