Burning Question - Can I accept gifts from a service user?

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‘Can I accept gifts from a service user?’

It very much depends on your employer’s local policy.

Some employers allow the acceptance of gifts up to a certain monetary value, others have tighter restrictions.

In general, token gifts of a very low value or gifts that can be shared with colleagues, such as biscuits or chocolate, are acceptable.

Receiving gifts from service users should in no way affect the care they receive from you.

Accepting bribes or excessive hospitality in return for preferential treatment is in breach of the Health and Care Professions Council Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics and registrants have been struck off for this reason.

This is intended as general information only and does not replace individual advice

Frontline Staff

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