The word "patient" in this Code of Professional Conduct is broadly understood to mean those individuals or groups of individuals who have contact with the Therapist in his or her professional capacity and does not necessarily denote or imply ill health.
The word "Therapist" is understood to mean any person working with Bi-Aura Foundation in any of its associated clinics.The purpose of this Code of Professional Conduct is to help the Therapist to make professional decisions and to carry out his or her responsibilities, also to promote the highest standards of professional behaviour.
The Code of Professional Conduct provides general guidelines but specific issues will be considered as and when they arise. Bi-Aura Foundation demands a high standard of professional behaviour from therapists and each Therapist is responsible for his or her practice of the Therapy.
The aim of Bi-Aura Foundation is to give the highest standard of care possible to patients and any circumstances or set of circumstances which could place either the patients or the Clinics of the Foundation in jeopardy should be immediately made known to The Foundation.
Information regarding a patient's history, treatment and state of health is privileged and confidential and under no circumstances should this confidentiality be breached, except with the express consent of the patient. From time to time, facts relating to treatment will be recorded, as part of the on-going care and treatment of the patient. Judgement and care should be exercised in sharing such information with professional colleagues. The confidentiality of a patient's records must be safeguarded at all times.
In taking part in research, the principles of confidentiality and the provision of adequate information to enable an informed judgement to be made by the patient must be safeguarded. The Therapist has an obligation to ensure that the research is being carried out by an appropriate body and that the rights of the patient are protected at all times.
Under no circumstances should a Therapist while training, take it upon themselves to treat any patient whilst not working in the clinic, this meaning holidays, weekends, days off and so forth without clarification from the Bi-Aura Foundation.
The Therapist will at all times take reasonable precaution to ensure that, from the point of view of his or her health, he or she is competent to carry out his or her duties. It should be pointed out that abuse of alcohol or drugs will adversely affect that competence.
It is important that therapist should maintain a high standard of personal hygiene.
The Therapist has to uphold the trust of all those who allow him or her to treat them. Patients must have appropriate information about making any informed judgment. Every effort should be made to ensure that a patient understands the nature and purpose of their care and treatment. If there is a serious doubt about whether certain information should be given to a patient or not, special care should be taken in such cases.
Any form of sexual advance to a patient with whom there exists a professional relationship will be regarded as professional misconduct.
A Therapist must be ready to acknowledge any limitations of competence and refuse, where there is such a limitation of competence, to accept delegated functions without first having received instructions as to those functions and having been assessed as competent.
A Therapist shall make known at the earliest possible opportunity to The Bi-Aura Foundation any conscientious objection which may be relevant to professional practice.
The Therapist shares responsibility for the care and treatment of patients with colleagues and therefore must have regard to the pressures and workload on colleagues and take appropriate action if these pressures and workloads jeopardise safe standards of practice. Each Therapist has a responsibility to junior colleagues. He or She is obliged to transmit acquired professional knowledge, skills and attitudes by word and example.
The Therapist must not delegate to junior colleagues tasks and responsibilities beyond their skill and experience. The Therapist is responsible for the care and treatment provided by their junior colleagues. The Therapist's responsibility in transmitting knowledge, skills and attitudes and in keeping up the standards of care extends to junior colleagues when they are learning.
The Bi-Aura Therapist shall work in close co-operation with members of other health professions in the promotion of all efforts to meet the health needs of people.
The Therapist must maintain at all times the principle that every effort should be made to preserve human life and, where death is imminent, to help to ensure that the patient dies with dignity.
When making public statements, the Therapist shall make it clear whether he or she is acting in a personal capacity or otherwise.
The Therapist will avoid the use of his or her position in the promotion of commercial products in order not to compromise the independence of his or her professional judgement.