ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONALS COUNCIL

CODE OF PRACTICE

 

 

All Registrants of the Allied Health Council need to acknowledge, understand, and adhere to the following:

  • Understand the requirements stipulated for allied health professionals outlined in the Health Practitioners’ Act No. 16 of 2010. 
  • Act lawfully, to the laws of the professional practice as well as the laws of the State. 
  • Ensure that the use of complementary and Alternative interventions are safe and in the best interest of the clients and professionals work within the scope of their practice. 
  •  Deliver care based on the best available evidence and /or best practice. 
  • Ensure any advice given is evidence-based and/or best practice if suggesting healthcare or services. 
  • Review and assess practice and be willing to implement and adapt practice to meet the needs and wellbeing of the general population.  
  •  When providing advice about any care or product, fully explain the advantages and disadvantages of care or product so that clients can make informed decisions. Refrain from engaging in exploitation, misinformation or misinterpretation with regards to health care products and clinical care.
  • Health professionals must practice within the skill and knowledge of their training.  A registered and licensed professional’s scope of practice is based on his/her education, knowledge, competency, extent of experience and lawful authority. Professionals must be aware that undertaking activities outside their scope of practice may compromise the safety of persons in their care. When providing care, professionals must:

a)      Inform clients about their level of skill and training as required.

b)      Display and make available their registration card and license certificate.

c)       Only use specialty designations for which he/she has been qualified to use.

 

  • Professionals must provide effective, safe, appropriate, and competent clinical care. 
  • Maintain a safe and secure environment in order to minimize risk to clients. 
  • Professionals must record a comprehensive medical history for new clients, and or update history on established clients and identify relevant information for his/her treatment plan. Ensure that any complicating health factors are addressed.
  • Professionals must keep clear, legible and accurate client record inclusive of assessments and treatment plan that is signed, date and time sensitive. 
  • The client records is a confidential document involving the client-health professionals relationship and should not be communicated to a third party without the client’s prior consent, unless required by law or to protect the welfare of the individual or the community.
  • If there is concern that a client lacks the capacity to consent, the professionals should refer to the person legally able to make decisions on behalf of the client and the medically authority concerned. In the case of a minor (child) consent must be obtained from a parent or guardian. 
  • Professionals should give clients the opportunity to clarify information before proceeding with treatment/care. 
  • When an aspect of care is delegated, professionals must ensure the delegation does not compromise the safety or quality of client care. 
  • Professionals must establish that anyone to whom he/ she delegates can carry out the instructed task and provide confirmation that the delegated task meets the required standard. 
  • Professionals should be honest in any financial arrangement with clients.  Clients have the rights to know the cost of services prior to accepting services. Clients must be informed of fees and charges before asking for consent to treatment. Professionals must explain that prices are subject to changes where applicable and offer reduced fees to a specific client for compassionate reasons. 
  • Professionals should recognize the vulnerable clients, including children, persons with disabilities, persons with mental illness, and seniors in the community who must be protected from physical, psychological and emotional harm; as such their social and cultural wellbeing should be protected when receiving care. 
  • Professionals must adhere to the codes of practice, professional conduct and ethics, and uphold the principles of ethical conduct and standards of behavior. Professionals must practice according to the standards of practice guidelines issued by their association and or the Council.  It is the duty of professionals to be aware of any existing guidelines and seek clarity on their application as require.
  • Maintain the highest standards of practice and professionalism within the practice; and be able to work with others despite any personal differences.