Interprofessional Learning Essay

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Interprofessional education and collaborative practice within health and social care

This assignment will be discussing the importance of professionalism within health and social care. It will discuss how to maintain a good ethical practice as well as the issues around it. The assignment will then continue to discuss the importance of communication skills within health and social care and provide a reflection on my own communication skills in Interprofessional learning against a framework, leading into an action plan on how I can improve.

Cambridge Dictionary's Online (2012) defines professionalism as ''the combination of all the qualities that are connected with trained and skilled people.'' There are three main qualities of professionalism these are being knowledgeable, having a code of conduct to adhere to and thirdly being able to investigate and act upon individuals that do not follow the standards set out within the code of conducts. (SHU 2009). As part of meeting the qualities of professionalism; all health and social care professionals should be registered by a regulator that has a code of conduct suited to their speciality. Such as Doctors are registered under the General Medical Council; physiotherapists under the Health Professions Council and nurses and midwifes are registered under the Nursing Midwifery Council. This is to ensure that the practitioners remain professional, protect the public and provide a high standard of practice at all times. (GMC 2006, NMC 2008, HPC 2008). The Nursing Midwifery Council (2008) states that If a nurse doesn’t adhere to the code of conduct as part of being professional, then there will be an investigation to assess the individual, they will attend a hearing and possibly be removed from the register, therefore this is protecting patients from harm and improving the practice of nurses and midwifes by ensuring they
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