What is a chaperone?
A chaperone is present as a safeguard for both parties (patient and healthcare professionals) and is a witness to the conduct and the patients continuing consent to the examination or procedure.
The precise role of the chaperone varies depending on the circumstances. It may include providing a degree of emotional support, as well as;
- Providing protection to healthcare professionals against unfounded allegations of improper behaviour.
- Assisting in the examination or procedure, for example handing instruments during an examination or procedure.
- Assisting with undressing, dressing and positioning patients
A chaperone is NOT used to reduce the risk of attack on a health professional.