Abcs Code Of Ethics

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The HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) are a regulatory body for 13 health and care professional groups, one of which is the biomedical scientist profession. The HCPC have important roles, one of these roles is to protect the public who use the services provided by the professions which are regulated by the HCPC. The HCPC set standards which must be achieved in order to become registered. The standards cover proficiency, education and training, conduct, performance, ethics and continuing professional development. The IBMS (Institute of Biomedical Science) interpret these standards in the form of the IBMS Certificate of Competence Registration portfolio. The IBMS are the professional body for Biomedical Scientists. (HCPC 2014) The…show more content…
Describe the purpose of a professional code of conduct. (Standard 1a5a) The Professional Code of Conduct is a set of principles that must be adhered to in order to provide high standards of work. This is in place to provide professionals registering with the HCPC information on what is expected of them. There is an IBMS Code of Professional Conduct and the HCPC standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics. Both codes of conduct require biomedical scientists to keep confidentiality, respect others and behave in a professional manner. (James and Pitt 2009) As part of the professional area of the code of conduct there are certain guidelines that must be followed, examples of some of these guidelines are; “Uphold the name and reputation of the Institute of Biomedical Science and the biomedical science profession and practice according to its responsibilities, standards, ethics and laws.” To comply with this guideline a biomedical scientist must be well presented, organised, non-discriminative and well mannered. Another guideline is; “Maintain the highest standards of professional practice and act in the best interests of the patients, the service and other professionals”. Practitioners can follow this by attending conferences or in house training to keep their knowledge up to date. Other beneficial aspects may be reading journals on the IBMS website or other…show more content…
There are a number of health, safety and security risks common to a laboratory environment. Identify the risks and the actions required to minimise them. (Standard 3a3b) There are different health, safety and security risks in the laboratory, to minimise the basic risks staff attend health and safety training, before working in the laboratory. The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and NHS policies must be complied with from all staff. If incidents happen it is important to fill out incident reports to help minimise the risk of the incident occurring again. Staff must follow certain procedures for example Standard Operating Procedures. In laboratories there are factors that can introduce risks, some examples are; Fire risks that may arise can be because of equipment, for example, Bunsen burners, to minimise this risk they must always be switched off correctly and never left unattended when they are switched on. Other fire risks can be because of chemicals, to minimise the fire risks, staff should be familiar with COSHH assessments. In the event of a fire occurring staff should be aware of fire evacuation

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