This policy provides information, advice and guidance to managers and employees regarding acceptable professional and personal boundaries between individual employees and patients as well as relationships between individuals who work together.

The Trust is a major employer and therefore it is reasonable that it may employ staff who are members of the same family or who are in a personal relationship. The Trust does not wish to discourage this, or to act in any way which may be inconsistent with fairness at work, or which may directly or indirectly discriminate against any member of staff or candidate for a post.

What must be avoided, however, is any conflict of interest. No member of staff or potential member of staff must be placed at an advantageous or disadvantageous position as a result of a personal/family relationship at work. This applies to those in a personal relationship as well as those affected by the relationships of others.

It is also recognised that whilst employees must establish a rapport with patients, their relatives and carers, they are also responsible for establishing and maintaining appropriate boundaries between themselves and those who use our services. It is essential that all interactions between patients and employees are viewed and maintained in terms of a professional relationship.


Policy Details

Download: PDF version
Compiled by: HR Business Partners and Advisors
Ratified by: Trust Executive Committee
Date Ratified: August 2022
Date Issued: June 2024
Review Date: October 2024
Target Audience: All Trust staff and employees
Contact name: HR Business Partners and Advisors


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