Any profession is characterised by a code of conduct, with its members being required to take responsibility for their working practice and maintaining continuous professional development (CPD). The Medical Practitioners Act (2007), Pharmacy Act (2007) and Nurses and Midwives Act (2011) all inform their respective professional codes of conduct. The primary aim of codes of conduct is to safeguard the public and establish and maintain a register of professionals. Principles and standards of mutual respect, professional responsibility and accountability, trust and confidentiality, quality of clinical practice, are all included in Medical, Nursing and Pharmacy codes of conduct, which guide relationships between the patient and the professional.
We have developed some short videos dealing with key concepts related to respect and dignity of the person. These are exemplified by the Capacity to Consent and the Confidentiality resources which form the basis for forming a mutually respectful relationship with patients.