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.
SMILE - General ethics by The Health Professions Council modified by Marion Kelt, Glasgow Caledonian University is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Based on a work at http://www.bps.org.uk/sites/default/files/documents/code_of_human_research_ethics.pdf, http://www.hpcuk.org/assets/documents/10002D1BGuidanceonconductandethicsforstudents.pdf