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Statements of Professional Conduct

Section 1: Relationships with Patients and Carers

1.1. You must provide the best compassionate care for patients based on up to date evidence.

1.2. You must practise in an anti-discriminatory manner, giving compassionate care that takes account of socio-cultural differences and ensuring that children, the elderly and other vulnerable groups are protected.

1.3. You must listen to and respect the wishes of patients, seeking to empower them to make decisions about their care and treatment.

1.4. You must obtain informed consent or ensure that it has been given prior to undertaking any examination or treatment.

1.5. You must communicate effectively and appropriately with patients, introducing yourself and giving relevant information during their examination or treatment.

1.6. You must respect patient confidentiality at all times and adhere to the provisions of current data protection legislation.

1.7. You must promote and protect the best interests of your patients at all times, giving due recognition to the views of carers where appropriate.

1.8. You must not engage in a personal relationship with any patient or use your position to exploit them sexually, emotionally, socially or financially.

1.9. You should, if possible, avoid providing care or treatment to anyone with whom you have a close personal relationship.

Section 2: The Scope of Professional Practice

2.1 You must work within current legal, ethical, professional and governance frameworks pertaining to your occupational role and the sector in which you work.

2.2 You must practise within the limits of your competence and, if necessary, refer patients to another qualified practitioner.

2.3 You must monitor the quality of your practice through reflective practice, using evidence from audit and research.

2.4 You must develop and maintain your competence to practise through continuing professional development (CPD).

2.5 You must only delegate care or treatment to another person if you are satisfied that they are competent. You remain responsible for the overall management of the patient.

2.6 You should undertake practitioner, operator and referrer roles within IR(ME)R 2000 and its subsequent amendments, when entitled to do so.

2.7 You must contribute to the education of students, trainees, assistants and other members of the professional workforce as appropriate.   

Section 3: Personal Standards in Professional Practice

3.1 You must keep high standards of personal conduct, paying due regard to the importance of maintaining patients’ and the public’s trust and confidence in the profession.

3.2 You must keep current, accurate and secure records and ensure that they are completed with honesty and integrity.

3.3 You should limit your work if you believe that your physical, emotional and psychological health is such that your performance or judgement may be affected. 

3.4 You must not become involved in any activity that you believe to be unsafe, illegal, unethical or detrimental to patients.

3.5 You should ensure that your appearance is such that it inspires confidence in patients, reduces the risk of cross-infection and maintains the health and safety of all involved.

3.6 You should pay due regard to the responsible deployment of resources; human, financial and environmental.

3.7 You must make sure that, if you provide independent professional services, any advertising is accurate, honest and does not misrepresent the service offered.

Section 4: Relationships with Other Health Care Staff

4.1 You must practise collaboratively and communicate effectively with other healthcare staff, putting patients at the centre of your work and recognising and respecting the contributions of all members of the multidisciplinary team.

4.2 You must report any concerns you have about malpractice or patient safety to your manager or other senior professional, ensuring that you follow up such a report where appropriate.

4.3 You should accept requests for clinical imaging or treatment from named, registered healthcare professionals if they have been entitled to act in the capacity of referrer within IR(ME)R 2000 and its subsequent amendments. Such requests must be justified.

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