EIDO’s innovative e-learning course provides information for health professionals on the medico-legal principles of informed consent.

The course can be self-administered by end-users, or your hospital can take a more active role in monitoring usage and issuing a ‘certificate of completion’.

EIDO Educate has been developed in collaboration with medico-legal experts and is in use in hundreds of hospitals in the UK.

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The Aspen Healthcare group has been using EIDO's patient information library since 2013. In that time it has become an invaluable clinical tool for our hospitals, educating our patients about their treatment, and ensuring that the consent they give is medico-legally valid. Creating and maintaining quality written information for patients is a highly resource-intensive process. By entrusting this to EIDO, we are able to concentrate clinical resource where it is needed most, safe in the knowledge that our patients' information requirements are being fully met. EIDO’s development and review processes are robust and evidence-based, and I would not hesitate in recommending their library to any hospital wishing its patients to experience the very best in information provision and consent education.
Judi Ingram | Group Clinical Director, Aspen Healthcare
When we compared the cost of developing our own leaflet library in-house to the cost of purchasing the EIDO Inform library, the decision to purchase was a simple one
County Durham & Darlington Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Course Content

The main content of the course is split into four modules, which make up the core fundamentals. If you deal with consent in any way during the course of your work, it is recommended that you complete these modules.

There are also four specialist modules, which deal with clinical areas in which consent can present particular problems. If you work in one of these areas, you are encouraged to read the relevant section.

  • Core modules
    • Consent and the Law
    • Consent in Practice
    • Capacity and Consent
    • Consent and End of Life Issues
  • Specialist Modules
    • Obstetrics
    • Paediatrics
    • Emergency
    • Research


Course details

The emphasis in modern healthcare is on putting patients at the centre.

The best approach is to think of consent as part of the process of joint decision-making. The patient and healthcare professional agree the best way forward, based on the patient’s condition, values and preferences, and the knowledge and experience of the healthcare professional.

The purpose of this course is to advance this aim by giving information about the most appropriate way of obtaining consent to treatment within the boundaries set by the law. The course is founded on problem-based learning, identifying difficult situations and explaining how they should be tackled.

Each section of the course begins with a problem scenario. The solution is then provided and the law explained, pointing to decisions of the courts and legislation dealing with consent to treatment. Guidance drafted by professional bodies is also used to explain the legal framework.


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