Professional ethics 4

Professional ethics: What you do outside university

8 You should communicate effectively with service users and your education provider and placement providers.
  • You should take all reasonable steps to make sure that you can communicate appropriately and effectively with service users.
  • You should communicate effectively and cooperate with colleagues to benefit service users.
  • You should communicate effectively and cooperate with the programme team and placement team.
  • Where appropriate, you should share your knowledge with colleagues.
9 You should get ‘informed consent’ from service users to carry out any intervention, except in emergencies.

Informed consent is when someone has all the information they need, in a format they can understand, to make a decision about whether or not they want to give their permission to have a particular intervention.
You should do the following (except in emergencies):

  • You should make sure that before you carry out any intervention, the service user is aware that you are a student.
  • You should make sure that the service user has given their permission for the intervention to be carried out by a student.
  • You should explain the intervention you are planning to carry out.
  • Before you carry out any intervention, you should explain any risks associated with it.
  • You should follow your education provider’s or placement provider’s policy on consent.

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

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