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Ethical management of self and professionalism

The Faculty of Public Health has adapted the GMC document Good Medical Practice for public health consultant practice. Good Public Health Practice describes the professional behaviours and values which underpin public health practice and apply both to medical and other graduate public health consultants.

On completion of training it is expected that the public health consultant can work with clinical practitioners rather than function as a clinician. Some medically qualified public health consultants, especially those working in health protection, may undertake work of a clinical nature. This work will be governed by Good Medical Practice and the documents should be used alongside each other.

There may be aspects of health protection work that involve direct interaction with individuals who have, or who have been exposed to, communicable and environmental hazards (and their relatives and carers). When practising in clinical areas and with patients, Good Medical Practice must also be integrated into training within the limits of professional competence.

 

Learning outcome

related KSF competency

EMS 1

Recognise and work within the limits of professional competence including working within the limits of personal clinical competence when dealing with individual patients

C2:3

EMS 2

Be willing to consult colleagues

C2:3

EMS 3

Keep clear, accurate and contemporaneous records including clinical record as necessary

C1:4

EMS 4

Keep colleagues well informed when working in partnership including referring appropriate clinical issues

C1:4

EMS 5

Establish and maintain trust by listening to and respecting others' views including giving patients and others the information they need in a way they can understand

C2:3

EMS 6

Treat others with courtesy

C2:3

EMS 7

Respect the rights of the public and patients to be involved in choices

C6:3

EMS 8

Treat information about patients as confidential. If in exceptional circumstances you feel you should pass on information without a patient or an individual's consent, or against their wishes, you should follow agreed guidance on confidentiality and be prepared to justify your decision

C2:3

EMS 9

Treat colleagues fairly and maintain the public's trust through avoidance of unfounded criticism

C2:3

EMS 10

Respect skills and contributions of colleagues and maintain professional relationships and effective communication in multi disciplinary teams

C2:3

EMS 11

Be readily accessible to the public and colleagues when on duty including arranging suitable cover

C6:3

EMS 12

Pay regard to efficiency while not discriminating against individuals/populations

C6.2

EMS 13

Keep knowledge and skills up to date, including regular audit, appraisal and reflective learning

C2:2

EMS 14

Practise safely including assuring professional indemnity, safeguarding the public from others' unsafe practice, adhering to safe management practice through maintenance and development of an environment and culture that improves health, safety and security

C3:2

EMS 15

Deal with complaints fairly and co-operate with enquiries into practice

C5:2

EMS 16

Demonstrate probity in professional and personal practice

C2:2

EMS 17

Seek and follow advice where health concerns may affect practice

N/A

EMS 18

Work within a value system appropriate to public health advocacy

C6:3


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