A1.3 The key principles of ethical practice in the health and science sectors

Qualification: T Level Technical Qualification in Health
Unit: Core
Learning outcome: A1: Working within the health and science sector
Assessment criteria: A1.3 The key principles of ethical practice in the health and science sectors

  • Ethical practice is of utmost importance in the health and science sectors
  • It ensures that activities comply with legislation, regulation and professional codes
  • Ethical practices include:
    • Respect for autonomy – each individual’s right to make their own choices (and to refuse treatment if they wish)
    • Confidentiality – respecting the privacy of each individual
    • Beneficence – balancing the risks and benefits of healthcare tasks and working in a way that is in the best interests of each individual
    • Non-maleficence – not causing unnecessary harm to individuals
    • Justice – includes considerations of fairness, equality, legality etc.

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