The fundamental note of your management of a patient is the clinical record and you must ensure that each of your patients has an appropriate and robust clinical record. It is important that you understand the underpinning principles of good documentation, the relevant storage and retention schedules for records, and the necessity to document your clinical reasoning and decision making in a way that can serve as an accurate record of events should your practice ever be challenged.
The use of a variety of social media platforms has gained importance in both the working and personal lives of physiotherapists. This brings huge advantages, but because of the extremely public and virtual nature of the media there are a range of risks that should be considered. It is important that you understand the standards of acceptable behaviour when using social media, and that social media activity undertaken in your personal life may have a profound effect on your professional life.
- Record keeping guidance
- Social media guidance
- Quality Assurance Standards for Physiotherapy (Section 6)
- Code of Member's Professional Values and Behaviour (Principles 2 & 3)
- HCPC Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics (2008) (Standards 2,3,7,10,13)
- HCPC Standards of Proficiency (2013) (Standards 3.1, 7, 10)
- The Information Commissioner – a comprehensive source on all information governance topics
- Department of Health: Department of Health. Records management NHS Code of Practice Parts 1 and 2 (2006)
- Department of Health: Department of Health. To share or not to share? - the government response to the new Caldecott guidelines (2013)