Judges Close Surgery hopes that all Group members and participants can equally benefit and enjoy meetings and events. This may be helped by the acceptance of a few “ground rules”.


  • All participants have the right to attend meetings and events as equals. Individuals should not be made to feel uncomfortable by having to listen to comments, etc. that are inappropriate
  • No one should be talked over or unnecessarily during meetings or discussions nor made to feel less important by the use of status, race, gender etc.
  • Individuals have the right to challenge being treated as less than equal. The Chair is also expected to challenge inappropriate behavior
  • Persistent inappropriate behavior will lead to expulsion from the Group


  • Please avoid using any language that may cause offence
  • Please avoid using jargon – words, phrases, acronyms – which may not be understood by all participants


Confidentiality must be respected; much can be learned through discussions and networking with other Group members and participants, but should be kept confidentially. Any breach of confidentiality will be viewed as a serious matter and may lead to an expulsion from the Group

Time Keeping

Group members are asked to respect others by ensuring that they are on time for meetings and if a break has been called they reconvene at the time appointed


Whilst Judges Close Surgery has a responsibility to ensure that all meetings are as inclusive as possible, all Group members and participants should take responsibility for translating the policy into practice. Participants can make everyone feel involved by avoiding cliques, being friendly, particularly to new participants, and challenging behavior that contravenes this ‘code of conduct’.

When things go wrong

Judges Close Surgery acknowledges that sometimes things do go wrong. We would urge you to raise issues as soon as possible with us. If something happens that makes your full participation uncomfortable, difficult, or prevents you participating as fully as you would wish, please act immediately. Please talk to the Chair or the Practice Manager.

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