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4. Personal & Professional Standards

You must conduct yourself with honour and dignity and demonstrate trustworthiness and integrity in both your personal and professional life in order to maintain the widest public trust and confidence in the profession.

4.1 Personal conduct & deportment

You should support the health and well being of yourself, your colleagues and your service users.

You must carry out all activities conscientiously and treat all persons with whom you come into contact with respect and dignity irrespective of their gender, age, disability, ethnic origin, race, religion, beliefs, marital status, economic status, lifestyle, sexual orientation or political viewpoint.

4.2 Further employment

It is not appropriate to have any other employment outside radiography or in any other capacity within your place of employment, if that employment conflicts and compromises your role in the radiography workforce or brings the profession into disrepute.

4.3 Personal health

You must look after your own personal physical, emotional and psychological health and avoid any contact or involvement with service users if you are ill, emotionally distressed or on medication which may affect your performance or judgement. If you identify the need for help related to your own personal health you should feel able to ask for it without fear of discrimination. You must follow the requirements of the employing authority with regard to the need to disclose any illness and/or disease which you develop which potentially places others, including service users, at risk (eg, if you have an infection which could harm others).

You should be aware of any risks which may lead to work related disorders and ensure that these are minimised. It is your responsibility to ensure that equipment and the working environment are appropriate to minimise such risks and to inform management if these are considered to be unsuitable.

4.4 Personal ethics

You shall not be required to become involved in any professional activity which you believe to be unsafe, illegal, unethical or detrimental to any service user.

4.5 Conscientious objection

You must report in writing to your employing authority, at the earliest date in your employment, any conscientious objection that may be relevant to your professional practice. You should explore with them ways in which you can avoid placing an unreasonable burden on colleagues because of this. Your right to conscientious objection does not exempt you from providing service users with full, unbiased information eg, prior to prenatal screening or testing.

You do not have the right to refuse to take part in any emergency treatment.

4.6 Respect for the law

You must keep within the law of the country where you live in all your professional and personal practices.

Radiographers are required to inform the HPC if they have received a police caution or have been charged with, or found guilty of, a criminal offence; this applies even if outside the country where they live or work.

If asked to act as a witness in a formal inquiry or litigation process related to an employment situation, you must make clear the limits of your knowledge and competence.

4.7 Integrity in research

You should either conduct research or be involved in research or its dissemination in order to further the evidence base of the profession. You must protect the interests and confidentiality of patients and ensure that you do not distort or misuse clinical and research findings.

Radiographers who provide independent professional services can advertise but must ensure that any advertising is factual, legal, decent, honest and truthful and does not misrepresent the services on offer.

If you do provide independent professional services you must be honest in the financial arrangements with individuals informing them of any fees/charges at the earliest time and informing them if the NHS is able to provide the same service free of charge.

You must not accept commission from third parties for recommending, when practicing, the purchase of goods or services related to your professional status.

4.9 Public accountability and respect for the environment (sustainability)

The radiography workforce has a responsibility to society, to tax payers, to the wider community and to the environment. You should demonstrate due regard for the sustainable management of resources at your disposal and should use resources as responsibly and efficiently as is practicable.

4.10 Record keeping

The radiography workforce is required to write reports and complete forms and other documents for a variety of tasks (eg, curriculum vitae, radiological reports, student supervision, travel claims, locum or out of hours work) in professional and personal circumstances. You must carry out these tasks using integrity and honesty and ensure that records are protected from loss, damage, tampering or inappropriate access. You must comply with the current Data Protection Act. You should adhere to any pertinent standards related to record keeping as in Standards for the Reporting and Interpretation of Imaging Investigations11.

4.11 Uniform/work-based clothing

You should wear appropriate uniform or work-based clothing which meets the need to inspire confidence in your patients and to afford protection against cross infection risks and other health and safety considerations. Your employing authority will determine the nature of your work-based clothing which will also take into account the cultural and religious requirements of members of staff. You should follow advice given in Guidance on protective clothing/uniforms worn in clinical imaging and radiotherapy and oncology departments12.

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