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HSE National Policy

HSE National Consent Policy

Topic: Valid consent to health and social care interventions
Document Owner: General manager, national office for human rights & equality policy, strategy & research
National Group: National office human rights and equality policy
Effective From: 22 January 2024
The need for consent - and the application of the general principles in this policy - extends to all actions conducted by or on behalf of the HSE with people in all locations

This consent policy has been prepared to set out in one comprehensive document:

  • The rights of people who engage with healthcare workers; and
  • The obligations on HSE staff and funded organisations to vindicate these rights.

Guidance is set out regarding the requirements for:

  • Valid consent;
  • Providing Information;
  • Supporting a person to make a decision;
  • Support arrangements under the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015;
  • General principles if a person’s capacity to decide about an intervention is in question or lacking;
  • Dealing with emergency situations; and
  • Documenting consent.