Apply knowledge and experience to practice

14. You must recognise and work within the limits of your competence.

14.1 You must have the necessary knowledge of the English language to provide a good standard of practice and care in the UK.7

15. You must provide a good standard of practice and care. If you assess, diagnose or treat patients, you must:

a. adequately assess the patient’s conditions, taking account of their history (including the symptoms and psychological, spiritual, social and cultural factors), their views and values; where necessary, examine the patient

b. promptly provide or arrange suitable advice, investigations or treatment where necessary

c. refer a patient to another practitioner when this serves the patient’s needs.8

16. In providing clinical care you must:

a. prescribe drugs or treatment, including repeat prescriptions, only when you have adequate knowledge of the patient’s health and are satisfied that the drugs or treatment serve the patient’s needs9

b. provide effective treatments based on the best available evidence

c. take all possible steps to alleviate pain and distress whether or not a cure may be possible10

d. consult colleagues where appropriate

e. respect the patient’s right to seek a second opinion

f. check that the care or treatment you provide for each patient is compatible with any other treatments the patient is receiving, including (where possible) self-prescribed over-the-counter medications

g. wherever possible, avoid providing medical care to yourself or anyone with whom you have a close personal relationship.9

17. You must be satisfied that you have consent or other valid authority before you carry out any examination or investigation, provide treatment or involve patients or volunteers in teaching or research.4,11,12

18. You must make good use of the resources available to you.3       


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