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Your duties as a registrant
Standards of
conduct,
performance
and ethics
Your duties as a registrant
Standards of
conduct,
performance
and ethics
Contents
Foreword 1
Introduction 3
The standards of conduct, performance
and ethics 8
Fitness to practise 15
Glossary 16
Foreword
We are pleased to present the Health and Care Professions
Council’s standards of conduct, performance and ethics.
We first published the standards of conduct, performance and
ethics when our Register opened in July 2003. We began to
review them in July 2006 to make sure that they continued to
be fit for purpose and meet the expectations of the public,
registrants and other stakeholders. The review was led by the
Conduct and Competence Committee. We also held a formal
consultation process on the draft standards. The review process
and consultation produced extremely valuable feedback and we
are grateful to everyone who gave their time to help us in shaping
the standards that follow.
As part of that consultation process, we agreed some broad
principles which have influenced the standards laid out in
this document.
We decided that the standards should:
focus, where possible, on providing guidance to registrants,
based on our expectations of their behaviour;
be based on over-arching principles with some more detail on
important points (with more detailed guidance available
elsewhere, if necessary);
apply to all registrants (as far as possible), including those
involved in direct practice, management, education, research and
roles in industry; and
be written in broad terms to be able to take account of changes in
best practice, technology, the law and wider society in the future.
We made a number of changes to the previous standards, mainly
to set out our aims more clearly or to correct any mistakes. We
also revised the introduction to focus less on the role of the
standards in fitness to practise procedures and we added more
information on how registrants can use and meet the standards.
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We are confident that the standards are both fit for purpose and
reflect both professional and public expectations of the behaviour
of registrants.
These standards were adopted in July 2008. Some minor
changes were made to them on 1 August 2012, when we
became the Health and Care Professions Council. The revised
standards apply from that date.
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Standards of conduct, performance and ethics
Introduction
Your duties as a registrant
The standards of conduct, performance and ethics you
must keep to
1
You must act in the best interests of service users.
2
You must respect the confidentiality of service users.
3
You must keep high standards of personal conduct.
4
You must provide (to us and any other relevant regulators) any
important information about your conduct and competence.
5
You must keep your professional knowledge and skills up to date.
6
You must act within the limits of your knowledge, skills and
experience and, if necessary, refer the matter to another
practitioner.
7
You must communicate properly and effectively with service users
and other practitioners.
8
You must effectively supervise tasks that you have asked other
people to carry out.
9
You must get informed consent to provide care or services (so far
as possible).
10
You must keep accurate records.
11
You must deal fairly and safely with the risks of infection.
12
You must limit your work or stop practising if your performance or
judgement is affected by your health.
13
You must behave with honesty and integrity and make sure that
your behaviour does not damage the public’s confidence in you or
your profession.
14
You must make sure that any advertising you do is accurate.
This document sets out the standards of conduct, performance
and ethics we expect from our registrants. The standards also
apply to people who are applying to become registered.
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