Ethical Considerations and Code of Conduct for Practitioners

Code of Profession Conduct and Ethics

An allied health practitioner shall observe the rules of this code of conduct and ethics, maintain an impartial demeanour, competence and confidentiality in his or her allied health profession and encourage other allied health practitioners to act similarly in the practice of his or her respective profession.

All registrants of Council must:
Keep high standards of personal and professional conduct.
• Practitioners must be aware that poor conduct outside his or her professional life may affect persons’ confidence in his or her profession.
• Act in the best interest of his or her patients. Secure proper professional relationships between himself or herself and patients and their families.
• Practitioners must treat patients with respect and dignity and must not allow his or her views of a patient’s gender, age, race, colour, sexuality, disability, religion, culture, beliefs, lifestyle, social or economic status to affect the manner in which the patient is treated or given professional advice.
• Practitioner must work in partnership with patients and involve the patient/ guardian/ caregiver in the best care or management plan of the patient.
• Practitioners should take action to protect the rights of children and vulnerable adults if he or she believes they are at risk.
• Respect confidentiality of his or her patient and shall not discuss with others information that has been obtained in the course of his or her practice about his or her patient that would identify the particular patient.
• Obtain informed consent of the patient to provide care.
• Where the patient is a child or the patient lacks decision-making capacity consent must be obtained from the guardian.
• Respect the patient’s right to refuse care.
• Practitioners must ensure that the patient is fully aware of any risk particularly if there is a significant or immediate risk to their life.

Fitness to practice
It is the duty of a Practitioner to take action if his or her physical or mental health could harm his or her fitness to practise. Practitioners must have the skills, knowledge character and health to practise safely and effectively. A practitioner must limit his or her work or stop practising if his or her performance or judgment is affected by his or her health.

It is the duty of the practitioner to seek advice from a consultant qualified health (medical or allied health) practitioner.

A practitioner must provide any information about his or her conduct and competence to Council which includes:
– Conviction of a criminal offence, a conditional discharge for an offence or accept a police caution that involves: violence, abuse, sexual misconduct, illegal supply of drugs, child pornography, offences involving dishonesty, offences for which resulted in a prison sentence.

Where concerns are raised about a practitioner, the Council may caution the practitioner, place conditions on their license, suspend from practice, or in serious cases be removed from the register.

In addition, a practitioner:
- Must not use his or her professional position to pursue a personal relationship of an emotional or sexual nature with a patient.
- Must not use the pretext of a professional visit to a patient’s home in pursuit of a personal relationship with the patient or, where the patient is a child with the parent or, where the patient is the parent of the child or immediate family.
- Must not use his or her knowledge, obtained in professional confidence, of the patient’s marital difficulties to take advantage of that patient.

Allied Health Council Code of Practice
All registrants of the Allied Health Council need to acknowledge, understand and adhere to the following:
1. Understand what is required of them by the Health Practitioners Act, No. 33, 2006 and practice within the legal and ethical requirements of their disciplines.
2. Practise within their scope of practice, knowing their limits and recognizing when to refer patient/ client to another health practitioner.
3. Maintain the highest standard of personal and professional conduct.
4. Ensure that skills, knowledge and training are up to date with current trends.
5. Understand the importance of participation in training for self development and willing to assist others of the same discipline to develop through one’s effort of supervision or mentorship.
6. Be aware of the diverse groups of people in Saint Lucia; be willing to adapt practice to meet the needs of the people.
7. Strict confidentiality is to be maintained at all times unless written permission is granted to state otherwise in case of a minor or a life threatening situation.
8. Practise in a non-discriminatory manner.
9. Demonstrate effective and appropriate communication to ensure that correct information is transmitted to the client/patient. Use appropriate interpreter if necessary.
10. Maintain professionals and be able to work with others in spite of possible personal differences.
11. Keep accurate records in accordance with work protocols.
12. Review and assess practice and be willing to implement and adjust practice for the well-being of the patient/client.
13. Assure quality of practice by engaging and evaluating practice with other registrants of the same discipline.
14. Understand the need to maintain a safe and secure environment for practice which minimizes risks to patient/ client.
15. Ensure that patient/ client clearly understand procedures, fees and all other clarifications needed in their treatments.

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The Executive Director
Allied Health Council
National Mental Health & Wellness Centre,
2nd Floor Neurological Dept.,
Millennium Highway,
Castries, St.Lucia, W.I

Conway Post Office,
Conway Business Centre,
Castries, St.Lucia.W.I

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