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Codes of Practice
Transcript of Codes of Practice
Read through the case studies and answer the questions below.
What is a Code of Practice
A set of written rules which explains how people working in a particular profession should behave
Identify two different codes of practice
Explain the key points of each code of practice
Health and Care Professions Council is a regulatory body set up to protect the public and people using health and social care services.
The HCPC code of practice was updated in January 2016 and now has new principles and guidelines people must look towards.
promote and protect the interests of service users and carers;
communicate appropriately and effectively;
work within the limits of their knowledge and skills;
report concerns about safety;
be open when things go wrong;
be honest and trustworthy; and
keep records of their work.
Legislation and codes of practice can promote diversity by:
Protecting both the carer and the service user by ensuring a high standard of care is given
Enforcing non-discriminatory practices
They provide guidance and support for carers who need advice
They safeguard against injury or abuse
Codes of Practice
A code of conduct is a set of rules which guide health and social care professionals on their roles, rights and responsibilities. They also give the service user an idea of what to expect from carers.
The NMC regulates nurses and midwives in England, Wales, Scotland and N.I. They have been set up to protect the public by ensuring that everyone offers a high standard of care and that all nurses and midwives have the education and training they need.
The NMC will investiaget nurses or midwives who they feel are performing correctly. They do this by maintaining a register of nurses and midwives.
We make sure that nurses and midwives keep their skills and knowledge up to date and uphold our professional standards. We have clear and transparent processes to investigate nurses and midwives who fall short of our standards. We maintain a register of nurses and midwives allowed to practise in the UK.
You put the interests of people using or needing nursing or midwifery services first.
You make their care and safety your main concern and make sure that their dignity is preserved and
their needs are recognised, assessed and responded to.
You make sure that those receiving care are treated with respect, that their rights are upheld and that any discriminatory attitudes and behaviours towards those receiving care are challenged.
You assess need and deliver or advise on treatment, or give help without too much delay and to the best of your abilities, on the basis of the best evidence available and best practice.
You communicate effectively, keeping clear and accurate records and sharing skills, knowledge and experience where appropriate.
You reflect and act on any feedback you receive to improve your practice.
You make sure that patient and public safety is protected.
You work within the limits of your competence and knowledge
Raising concerns immediately whenever you come across situations that put patients or public safety at risk.
You take necessary action to deal with any concerns where appropriate.
You uphold the reputation of your profession at all times.
You should display a personal commitment to the standards of practice and behaviour set out in the Code. You should be role model for others to aspire to.
This should lead to trust and confidence in the profession frompatients, people receiving care, other healthcare professionals and the public.
Promote professionalism and trust
Nursing and Midwifery Council
Write one sentence about what you think each of these standards mean.
The HCPC creates a register of different professionals
This includes social worker, therapists, dieticians, paramedics and more.