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CPHVA Response to the Consultation Revised Draft Code of Professional Conduct 2001


The Community Practitionersí and Health Visitorsí Association (CPHVA) welcomes the opportunity to comment on the draft consultation on revised draft Code of Professional Conduct.

With regards to the proposed changes the CPHVA supports the merging of the three documents and has the following comments to make.

2.1 However, because of resource constraints it should be recognised that it is possible to recognise and respect but not always do.

2.3 There has always been an issue with this type of situation. The issue for nurses here is how long should it take for alternative care arrangements to be made?

2.4 Yes, the patientís views must be respected but this should take into account recognition of preference does not mean automatic provision. In addition, this is with regard to their care, not the practitioner providing it.

3.1 Who decides if a patient is ready to receive information? The patient, the professional or the patients family?

3.4 This statement is controversial as not all patients are. More clarification is needed possible guidance on or a definition of competency.

5.1 The word "should " should be changed to must. All other sections of the document use the word "must." In everyday language "should" suggests a choice in action but "must" indicates no choice.

5.2 As above apart from section 1. "must" has been used consistently

5.3 Disclosure for the protection of a child or those individuals who do not have the ability to protect themselves.

9.3 This should always be followed up with a written record.

The CPHVA awaits the final version of a new "UKCC Code of Professional Conduct "

Lead Professional Officer
Health Visiting