Professions possess autonomy to the extent that they are allowed to use their own judgment. Autonomy, in this situation, means individuals being responsible and accountable for the outcomes of their actions.
All registered health professionals are accountable to a national regulator who sets the standards for skills, behaviours and continued professional development.
This unit will help you understand how and why you need to demonstrate your lifelong learning and commitment to patient/client safety and professional development.
Firstly, it will be useful for you to complete the activity for your professional regulator - either Health and Care Professions Council or Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Then you can complete the activity that focuses on helping you to learn more about your colleagues from other professions.
Think about how you can best carry these out by reflecting on autonomy and what this means in your profession and to you.
AHP Professional Standards/Code
AHP Professional Standards/Code Activity
As a Health Professions Council registrant, you should make yourself aware of the Health and Care Professions Council Standards relating to your profession.
Follow this link to download or view your profession's standard and what this means for you as a registered practitioner
HCPC: The 'About Registration' page has links to the Standards that must be met by all professions registered with Health and Care Professions Council and to the profession specific Standards of proficiency.
Nursing and Midwifery Council/Code of Practice
The NMC state in the code that 'The code is about being professional, about being accountable, and about being able to justify your decisions' and have used a range of examples to illustrate how this applies in practice.
Read these and follow the links to the parts of the code that are central to the scenarios. Identify similar situations on your work setting and how you would deal with them
Discuss what you have read and learned with your mentor and record your reflections. Your reflections make a useful record to keep and compare in your portfolio later in your first year as a practitioner
Health professionals are regulated in the U.K. in order to protect the public.
It is your personal responsibility to maintain your professional registration by engaging in lifelong learning and maintaining a portfolio to evidence that your Continuing Professional Development meets the standards required by your regulatory body.
Remember that you can use the Flying Start activities that you complete and add to your portfolio towards your Nursing and Midwifery Council /Health and Care Professions Council portfolio as well as KSF
Go to the following websites to ensure you understand how health professionals are regulated. . You will already have visited one of them in the other activity in this section about your regulator
Compare what you read on the 2 sites and identify similarities and differences - you will find that the key concepts from both regulators are very similar.
You should add these websites to your the favourites on your computer or record them in another way that will be useful to you and visit them regularly for updates.