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3. Defining individual scope of practice


Within the roles and sectors described above, a member of the professional workforce can develop his or her own scope of practice as he or she determines, provided that he or she is adequately educated and trained and competent to practice. He or she must work ethically and in accordance with the SCoR Code of Conduct and Ethics.8


In identifying and communicating their individual scope of practice, they must consider the roles and environments in which they work and ensure that they are educated and competent to operate in their specific roles.


In making decisions about what is included in their individual scope of practice, they must:

  • work within the advice and guidance given in the HCPC’s Code of Conduct and Ethics9 and within current legal and ethical frameworks;
  • seek authorisation/IR(ME)R entitlement from the employing authority or, if practising independently and self-employed, establish and work within appropriate governance procedures;16,2
  • put the interests of the patient first8,17,18 at all times, including acting as an advocate;19
  • develop and maintain competence to practice through continuing professional development;20,21
  • recognise deficiencies in knowledge, skills and competency and take appropriate action;9
  • be personally and professionally accountable for all actions, omissions and behaviour;
  • avoid inappropriate delegation;22
  • monitor and evidence the quality of practice.


An individual’s scope of practice develops over time. This requires the individual to manage this process to ensure that their knowledge and skills are appropriate to the changes. Developments in individuals’ scope of practice need to be reflective of best practice and enhancing patient care.

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