In 2016). Health professionals have regular statuary and mandatory

 
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
 

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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).