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  • You are in a position of trust with your patients and their carers, and you must not abuse that professional position.
  • Sexual or inappropriate emotional relationships with current or former patients are likely to cross professional boundaries.
  • You should seek advice from a colleague or professional body if you are in doubt about maintaining professional boundaries.
  • You should also alert colleagues to the risks of unprofessional behaviour and report their actions if they are putting patients at risk.
This Guidance does not change what you must do under the law.