Conflicts of interest joint statement
Joint statement from the Chief Executives of statutory regulators of health and care professionals
Today, the Chief Executives of the statutory regulators of health care professionals have issued a joint statement on ‘conflicts of interest’. It sets out expectations of nurses and midwives as well as other health and care professionals in relation to avoiding, declaring and managing conflicts of interest across healthcare settings. This guidance is intended to support the Code for nurses and midwives.
The statement outlines how healthcare professionals should:
- Put the interests of people in their care before their own interests, or those of any colleague, business, organisation, close family member or friend.
- Maintain appropriate personal and professional boundaries with the people they provide care to and with others.
- Consider carefully where conflicts of interest may arise – or be perceived to arise – and seek advice if they are unsure how to handle this.
- Be open about any conflict of interest they face, declaring it formally when appropriate and as early as possible, in line with the policies of their employer or the organisation contracting their services.
- Ensure their professional judgement is not compromised by personal, financial or commercial interests, incentives, targets or similar measures.
- Refuse all but the most trivial gifts, favours or hospitality if accepting them could be interpreted as an attempt to gain preferential treatment or would contravene your professional code of practice.
- Where appropriate, ensure that patients have access to visible and easy-to-understand information on any fees and charging policies for which you are responsible.
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