By Christopher Walls
1. Terms of Reference
This report has been compiled as part of the HNC: Care and Administrative Practice at Glasgow Kelvin College. The purpose of this report is to compare two health care professionals and two regulatory bodies. This report is to be handed into Gemma McNamara on the 10th of October.
To complete this report, I have obtained information by researching relevant websites.
3. Principle of Regulations for Care Professionals
The different Principles I will be comparing are: Professional education/training
Professional registration and revalidation
Codes of Conduct
Ethical behaviour and professional boundaries
Framework of care governance within sector
4. Professional Education/Training
Learning or training to become a Nurse or a Midwife with the NMC requires you to take part in programmes run at NMC (Nursing and Midwife Council) approved institutions (AEIs). This can include completing either an access course into Nursing or a Nursing degree at a University in order to keep the high standards of care set by the NMC. (1.)
In comparison, the SSSC (Scottish Social Services Council) does not usually require you to have qualifications, employers will hire people based on the induvial values and whether they have a positive attitude. This is important as it attracts and retains the right workers for social care. They also offer guides
to helps potential workers, find ways to improve their communication skills such as the learning English guide. (2.)
5.1 Professional Registration
Once you have completed your education, the university or institute will send the NMC your information, including a declaration of your good health and character. If this is deemed satisfactory the NMC will send you an application form and a registration fee, this is ?76. (3.) In order to stay on the register, you must pay a yearly fee of ?120. (4.)
It is different with the SSSC as you are not required to have qualifications but, like the NMC, you must complete an application form, and have it countersigned by an authorised counter signatory. You must also pay a fee, but this can range depending on your role and what part of the register you are applying for. (6.)
With the NMC, a Nurse or Midwife must revalidate every 3 years in order to renew their registration. There are a few steps a care professional must complete, this includes:
Completing 450 practice hours over the 3 years
35 hours of CPD (continuing professional development) including 20 hours of participatory learning.
5 pieces of practice-related feedback
Submitting 5 written reflective accounts and more. (5.)
Health and Character declaration
Professional indemnity arrangement
Registration with the SSSC lasts 5 years, unless you are a social worker in which it only lasts 3, after this you must revalidate. To do this you must complete an online application form as well as paying a relevant fee. (7.)
6. Codes of Conduct
Both nurses and social workers care for vulnerable people and are regulated by codes of conduct. This ensures that service users are getting the best possible experience with these care professionals.
The NMC code
In the NMC, the code of conduct is split into 4 parts:
Promote safely and trust
The NMCs code of conduct is written in a way that it is supposed to be mainly viewed by a care professional rather than the public. This is seen in the use of language, as it is extremely in-depth.
This is in comparison to the SSSC code of conduct. Which is written in a way that is easier to understand, even if you are not a part of social work.
7.1 Ethical Behaviour
In the NMC, a Nurse or Midwife must practice in a way that respects, promotes and supports individuals rights, preferences, beliefs and culture. This might include giving culturally appropriate family planning advice or making sure that a womans labour is true to their religious and cultural beliefs and preferences. (8.)
7.2 Professional Boundaries
Boundaries is a term used to define the behaviour limitations which allow staff to have a professional relationship with a person in their care. This relationship between staff and patient is based in trust, respect and the appropriate use of power where the focus of a relationship is on meeting the health needs of an individual in their care.
Staff in the NMC can cross professional boundaries when their behaviour in any way oversteps their professional role with a person on their care, their family members or anyone else involved in that persons care in order to create personal relationships. These actions overstep the professional role as it is creating an improper influence on the individuals therapeutic relationship and exploiting a position of professional privilege for the potential personal gain. Examples of this can include:
Revealing intimate details to an individual during any form of engagement.
Unnecessary communication directly to, or about the individual via text messages, phone calls or social media. (9.)