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Professional duties and personal integrity 

Professional duties and personal integrity
Professional duties and personal integrity

Nigel Eastman

, Gwen Adshead

, Simone Fox

, Richard Latham

, and Seán Whyte

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date: 01 March 2021

Professional guidelines and codes 240

A duty to prevent violence? 242

Competing interests and role conflicts 244

Professional roles and relationships 246

Acknowledging uncertainty 248

Changing opinions or reports 250

Supervision, peer review and reflective practice 252

A professional is someone who ‘professes’ an identity or role by virtue of specialist knowledge and commitment to that role. Most professionals gain their identity through prolonged study, examination of their competence, and practice. Once accredited (e.g. through GMC registration and licensing) the question is then how best to maintain, and ‘revalidate’ professional skills, so as to offer a proper quality service to those who benefit from professionals’ skills. Accreditation and revalidation relate to both technical competence and ethical practice, which are intertwined (persisting with poor technique cannot be ethically justifiable; and ethical decision-making is part of clinical practice, see ...

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