There is a high chance your NHS interview panel will give you an ethical scenario. This is so the hospital can see your ethical and legal approach to modern medicine. You will be presented with an ethical dilemma that the hospital may have experienced before.
When a dilemma seems especially challenging, the General Medical Council offers a clear direction in the decision-making process. In this blog post, we explain the four pillars of medical ethics and provide some ethical scenarios you may encounter with answers.
The law reflects these principles as follows:
When something goes wrong with a patient's treatment or care and causes, or has the potential to create, harm or distress, every health and care provider must be upfront and honest with them. This is known in the NHS as The Professional Duty of Candor. Under this code of conduct health care providers within the NHS are expected to:
Health and care workers must also be open and honest with their coworkers, employers, and other relevant organisations, as well as participate in evaluations and investigations when they are asked. They must also communicate openly and honestly with their regulators, flagging concerns as needed. They must encourage and support one another in being open and honest, rather than preventing someone from addressing concerns. It is important to remember this when answering an ethical scenario and most importantly remember that the patient comes first in all you do.
It is always essential to first discuss arguments both for against the dilemma before coming up with a balanced conclusion that appreciates the nuances of ethical scenarios. This should always be done within the framework of the four pillars of medical ethics:
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