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HCPC issues advice on conflicts of interest

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has joined other health and care regulators to agree a joint statement on handling conflicts of interest.

It sets out the expectations of how HCPC-regulated professionals should act in relation to avoiding, declaring and managing actual or potential conflicts of interest, including:

  • putting the interests of people in their care above their own interests;
  • maintaining appropriate personal and professional boundaries;
  • refusing gifts, favours or hospitality which could be interpreted as an attempt to gain preferential treatment;
  • ensuring patients have easy-to-understand information on any fees and charging policies.

The joint statement – with the General Medical Council and others – supports HCPC’s existing Standards of conduct, performance and ethics published last year, which are still the over-riding consideration for professionals.


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