In the health workplace I am allowed to disclose information to the necessary sources, information is shared on a need to know basis therefore those that need to know the information to care for the patient must have access to the required details (HCPC, 2016). I must share information on the basis of protecting patients but not sharing patient’s information is just as important (Sheather & Brannan, 2013).
For non care purposes which do not pose a risk to the patient we should ask for consent (HCPC, 2016). I am not allowed to share information with police without a court order, this is because we are not acting in the wellbeing of the patient but if the court order requests information we must comply or else it would be an obstruction of justice (HCPC, 2016). 1.
You should keep your professional knowledge and skills up to date Professional knowledge is about having the understanding of policies, guidelines, procedures and health, safety and welfare as well as medical skills (HCPC, 2016). This is why these skills are easily available on my organisations website and intranet (HCPC, 2016). Health professionals have regular statuary and mandatory training which updates professionals on any new updates and also practice current skills (HCPC, 2016). Taking part in this maintains and increases your knowledge in your work place whilst developing your competencies.
2. You should act within the limits of your knowledge and skills I always act within my scope of knowledge and skills as it is the maximum you can do at that stage, as you are comfortable carrying out the task confidently (HCPC, 2016). My duty of care means that I have to do my best to meet your patients needs but if it is beyond my capabilities I have a duty to request assistance from another practitioner and if that is not sufficient I would put a referral in for the patient for further treatment (HCPC, 2016). If you undertake a task that you aren’t skilled or qualified in, it can cause detrimental effects to the patient due to insufficient knowledge which means I may make a mistake for example, attempting to place a cannula in a patient (HCPC, 2016). 3. You should gain informed consent prior to commencing any care or treatment (so far as is possible) Informed consent is important so that the patient understand what will happen to them and the risk and benefits of the procedures, therefore they can consent accordingly (HCPC, 2016).
Patients have a right to treatment and a right to refuse treatment therefore decisions made by the patient must be documented and I must follow the guidelines and procedure of your workplace (HCPC, 2016). Prior to any consent being given the patient must have the procedure explained to them and then the informed consent can be taken (HCPC, 2016). Inform consent can be ignored in an emergency situation where they may not be enough time, or ability to explain the situation (HCPC, 2016). 4. You should uphold the reputation of your profession and make sure that your behaviour does not damage public confidence in your profession Reputation of a professional is important in the health industry as your judgement and work is based on your qualification and skills as well as your behaviour.
Therefore, I must be a respectable person in and out of work as patients put their faith in me when attending the hospital. When at work I am representing the service, the hospital and the trust. For example, if I had any “criminal activities, or cautions I must report it to your organisation” (HCPC, 2016, p. 10).