Importance Of Values In Health Care

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Values are principles which can vary person to person, they are areas of life which are held with high regard, importance and worth. Areas such as dignity, privacy, respect, honesty and trust are just a few values which are vital in the healthcare setting. Within all healthcare settings there are codes of practice which assist health care professionals to provided and maintain adequate and effective levels of care. These codes provide guidance in relation to the values of professional conduct, ethics and performance, amongst many other areas. By adhering to the codes of practise it means that values are never compromised and therefore levels of care never waiver. It is important to always review working conduct, ethics and performance in order …show more content…
As each individual’s values are different so too are their ethics. What is deemed as important to one person may not be as important to another person. It is not good enough to simply treat patients how you would like to be treated as this can be completely different to how the patient wishes to be treated. Therefor care given should work in a person centred way and reflect the patient’s own values, ethics, beliefs and wishes. If the patient is treated mechanically rather than as an individual this can demoralise the patient causing mistrust, frustration and refusal to consent all of which can affect a patient’s health and well-being. The principle of ethics is to treat the patient fairly, in a non-judgemental, non-discriminatory way. To help patients make informed choices and support them in their choices and provide care in a way that prevents harm, pain or suffering. A healthcare workers conduct can be closely related to a person’s ethics and values. Conduct puts emphasis on being accountable for the decisions made by the healthcare worker, and these decisions must always take into account the patients …show more content…
Having excellent work conduct displays professionalism, job satisfaction, a commitment to the organisation and care standards. Having a professional attitude toward standards of care also promotes positive responses to ideas put forward by the healthcare worker and enables the worker to be taken seriously. Through excellent levels of conduct performance can be reviewed, assessed and developed to improve the care provided. Reviewing personal performance is an important aspect of being able to uphold good standards of care. Being self-aware ensures healthcare workers are familiar with their strengths and weaknesses. It enables a time for workers to reflect on their skills and knowledge while managing their training needs and requirements. There are effective ways to manage performance reviews such as performance appraisals. Areas that require further guidance or training, objectives for the year ahead can be set and upcoming training can be monitored via a performance appraisal. Personal development plans (PDPs) can also be used to maintain excellent performance standards. It can be an effective method of reflecting on values, skills, knowledge, training and setting goals. PDPs are used in order to advance careers such as from care work to nursing. Having up to date

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