Professional ethics: What you do outside university

1 You should always act in the best interests of your service users.
  • You should respect a person’s right to have their interventions carried out by a professional and not a student.
  • You should not exploit or abuse your relationships with service users.
  • You should treat everyone equally.
  • You should not do anything that you think will put someone in danger.
  • If you are worried about a situation which might put someone at risk, you should speak to a member of the placement team or your education provider.
2 You should respect the confidentiality of your service users.
  • You should keep information about service users confidential, and only use it for the purpose for which it was given, unless the information raises concerns about a situation where someone may be at risk.
  • You should not knowingly give any personal or confidential information to anyone who is not entitled to access it.
  • You should remove anything that could be used to identify a service user from confidential information which you use in your assessment. This is called anonymising the information.
  • You should follow local policies or guidelines if you want to use information that may identify someone in your assessments.
  • You should follow local policies or guidelines on confidentiality produced by your education provider or placement provider.

These pages have been adapted from the BPS code of human research ethics and the HPC guidance on conduct and ethics for students.