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Guidance on nurse sexual boundaries released

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New guidance on relationships between healthcare professionals and their patients has been released by regulatory watchdog, the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (CHRE).

The guidance makes explicit that any sexual relationship with a patient or their carer is inappropriate.

More controversially it also says relationships with former patients and their carers will ‘often’ be inappropriate, no matter how long ago the clinical relationship ended.

The regulations include a list ‘inappropriate sexualised behaviour’ which ranges from accepting a date or using sexual humour during consultations to sexual assault or the exchange of drugs for sexual favours.

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