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Professionalism and Professional Accountability in Clinical Skills Practice

Aim: The aim of this workbook is to explore aspects of professionalism and accountability and the implications for professional practitioners, e.g. medics/nurses/midwives/allied health practitioners. Health care practitioners using this pack should refer to their own professional body and code (e.g. NMC, GDC, HPC). The study guide is suitable for any health care practitioner currently working in the NHS, in the UK who is involved as part of their work in the delivery of procedural clinical skills.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Recognise key principles of professional accountability in relation to safe clinical skills practice
  • Analyse the underlying ethical principles related to safe decision making in clinical skills practice
  • Identify your own professional clinical skills practice in terms of your accountability as a practitioner
  • Demonstrate and apply an understanding of legal aspects related to the professional practice of clinical skills
  • Demonstrate a professional approach to safe documentation (both written and electronic) in the context of clinical skills practice.

Authors: Lead – Anna O’Neill - adapted from NHS Lothian Accountability workbook and NHS Tayside, NHS Fife and University of Dundee workbook on Professionalism

Last review date: May 2014

Reviewed by: Anna O’Neil, University of Glasgow; Jean Ker, University of Dundee

In partnership with: University of Dundee, NHS Fife, NHS Lothian, NHS Tayside

Next Review due: May 2016

Access:  Study Guide resource   Assessors Guide resource