The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has joined other health and care regulators to agree a joint statement on handling conflicts of interest.
It sets out the expectations of how HCPC-regulated professionals should act in relation to avoiding, declaring and managing actual or potential conflicts of interest, including:
· Putting the interests of people in their care above their own interests.
· Maintaining appropriate personal and professional boundaries.
· Refusing gifts, favours or hospitality which could be interpreted as an attempt to gain preferential treatment.
· Ensuring patients have easy-to-understand information on any fees and charging policies.
The joint statement supports HCPC’s existing Standards of conduct, performance and ethics published on 26 January 2016, which are still the over-riding consideration for professionals. There is a case study available which helps show how the principles outlined in the statement can be put in to practice.