As with all medical and surgical procedures it is a requirement to take consent for radiotherapy.
There is a unique complexity to the consent process for radiotherapy as there are significant acute risks associated with treatment and late toxicities may present years after treatment. It is therefore generally accepted that the best ethical and legal practice is to ensure valid written, signed consent is sought prior to starting radiotherapy treatment.
- The taking of written consent should follow a full discussion with the patient of the intended benefits and risks of treatment.
- Valid consent is fundamental to respect a patient’s autonomy and is also a legal requirement.
- Signing a consent form is not a substitute for a meaningful dialogue and discussion about treatment with the patient.
There are many reasons that a national standard site-specific consent form would assist clinicians and patients alike. Read our supporting documents for further information on the development and implementation of the radiotherapy consent forms:
- Development of the national site-specific radiotherapy consent forms (PDF)
- Implementation of the national site-specific radiotherapy consent forms (PDF)
- National standard site-specific radiotherapy consent form summary letter (PDF)
Download our national site-specific radiotherapy consent forms
Updates since publication can be viewed in the change log
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We are keen to get your views on the RCR’s first national radiotherapy consent forms to help us improve them. Even if you do not currently use the consent forms, we would be interested to find out why. Please complete our short survey by Monday 27 September.
Contact the Professional Services team if you have any questions about the radiotherapy consent forms.
21 May 2021 – misaligned interactive field corrected
22 July 2021 – NHS/hospital number replaced with patient unique identifier to ensure forms are applicable across all devolved nations
22 July 2021 – Spaces for signatures changed from text field to signature field
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