Effective Medical Chaperoning

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In 2004 the Committee of Inquiry looked at the role and use of chaperones, following its report into the conduct of Dr Clifford Ayling. It made recommendations, which included that all chaperones should receive training. This course is appropriate for all clinical and non-clinical staff wishing to perform the role of a formal chaperone in a health care setting.


Training Programme

To complete a formal chaperoning training it is advised that the delegate:

  • Attends the 3 hour chaperoning training session
  • Arranges to spend time with a practice nurse/doctor to gain practical skills required to chaperone
  • Answers all questions on the provided work sheet and have the answers checked by a clinical member of staff
  • Once confident, puts themselves forward for practical assessment. All sections of assessment should be achieved
  • At this point training will be complete

Course Agenda

Registration and introductions

  • What is a chaperone?
  • What is an intimate examination?
  • Why chaperones need to be present
  • Patient rights
  • Special circumstances


  • The role and responsibility of a chaperone
  • Raising concerns
  • Protocols and Policies
  • Evaluation