Principles of Professional Practice Essay

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Hollie Cooper 10079944

Principles of Professional Practice
NMC Report

For this report I have been asked to compare and contrast the principles of regulations of two care professions. I have decided to choose Nursing and Social Work because I am currently training to be a nurse and I would like to see the difference between Nursing and Social Work education, training and codes of conduct as this is a field I don’t know much about.

NMC- Nursing & Midwifery Council
Follows- The Code: Standards of conduct, performance and ethics for nurses and midwives

SSSC- Scottish Social Services Council
Follows- Codes of Practice for Social Service Workers and Employers
SSSC has a code for both employers and workers. I am
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Social Workers must register with the SSSC every three years and pay an annual fee of £30.

Framework for clinical governance within the healthcare sector
Clinical Governance are codes which sets out best practice and benchmarks of care that everybody must adhere to throughout the UK. NHS and SSSC organisations are accountable to clinical governance for continuously keeping an eye on their employees to ensure that high standards of care is given. Clinical governance does not only focus on patients care but also quality improvements, leadership, information and staff focus. Focusing on these elements insure that high standards is being met and past mistakes are not repeated (RNC 2013).

Ethical issues and professional boundaries
Nurses and Social Workers face ethical issues everyday throughout their working lives and they are educated to understand these. Professionals must be sure to never judge other peoples morals, values, religious or cultural beliefs and individual choices.
Professionals also need to have an understanding of social diversity and oppression with mental health, disability, race and colour.
The two schools of ethics which are important for professionals are Deontology and Teleology.
Deontology highlights that laws and rules govern behaviour and people should keep them out of duty to society however this duty can be challenged if someone’s personal beliefs are in conflict with duties that’s being asked of them. Teleology discusses that

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