Duty of Candour
Every healthcare professional must be open and honest with patients when something goes wrong with their treatment or care which causes, or has the potential to cause, harm or distress.
The Code recognises the changing nature of communications and sets standards for acting responsibly including the use of social media.
Fundamentals of Care
The Code sets standards of fundamental care and provides examples of what this includes such as nutrition, hydration and environmental cleanliness.
Medicines Management and Prescribing
Standards that clearly set the context for prescribing, supply, dispensing and administering medications.
Nurses and Midwives must act in the best interests of people at all times and can only make conscientious objections to a particular procedure in limited circumstances.
End of Life Care
Specific reference is made to the needs of those in the last days and hours of life.