The CNHC Code of Conduct, Ethics and Performance describes the standards of conduct, ethics and performance expected of all complementary health practitioners on the CNHC Register.
Every month we will highlight sections of the CNHC Code. March focuses on knowing your own limits. This is very relevant during the pandemic when you are working in new ways and may be seeing clients who have greater levels of need than previously.
Our guidance on working during the pandemic is that you engage in Evidence Based Practice and in compliance with Section D1 of the CNHC Code.
Section D1 of the CNHC Code: Knowing your own limits
You must recognise and work within the limits of your own knowledge, skills and competence.
Sometimes during challenging times, you might find yourself wanting to help people in ways that have not been needed before. You might start to provide additional guidance or support or want to extend treatments beyond what you would normally provide. It is very important to make sure you are sticking to the skills and care you are trained and qualified to deliver and to refer on to others where necessary (See our article on working with other healthcare professionals).
Guidance in the CNHC Code for Section D1 recommends that you use your professional judgement to assess your own limits. You can do this by:
- Getting advice and support from appropriate sources when the needs of the client or the complexity of a case are beyond your own knowledge and skills.
- Identifying where it might be appropriate to consider co-managing the client with another healthcare practitioner.
- Referring clients to other healthcare practitioners when their needs are beyond your own knowledge, skills and competence.
You will be working in the best interests of your clients when you recognise where other help, guidance or support is needed.
The CNHC Code
Even if you feel very familiar with the CNHC Code, we recommend that our Registrants review it regularly.
View the full CNHC Code of Conduct, Ethics and Performance here.