Woman-centred care

Woman-centred care

This guideline offers best practice advice on the care of women with early pregnancy complications.

Patients and healthcare professionals have rights and responsibilities as set out in the NHS Constitution for England – all NICE guidance is written to reflect these. Treatment and care should take into account women's needs and preferences. Women should have the opportunity to make informed decisions about their care and treatment, in partnership with their healthcare professionals. If women do not have the capacity to make decisions, healthcare professionals should follow the Department of Health's advice on consent and the code of practice that accompanies the Mental Capacity Act. In Wales, healthcare professionals should follow advice on consent from the Welsh Government.

If the person is under 16, healthcare professionals should follow the guidelines in the Department of Health's Seeking consent: working with children. Families and carers should also be given the information and support they need to help the child or young person in making decisions about their treatment.

NICE has produced guidance on the components of good patient experience in adult NHS services. All healthcare professionals should follow the recommendations in Patient experience in adult NHS services.

  • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)