Code of conduct for healthcare support workers
The code of conduct for healthcare support workers – developed by skills for care, these guides provide insights into behaviours and conduct of health care workers.
The Code of conduct is there to set the standard that is expected for all health and social care workers, healthcare workers and other adults professionals should have when working in England, it outlines the behaviours and attitudes that people who need care and support should rightly expect.
The Code sits alongside the Care Certificate and is important for you to be aware of if you work in the sector. The Code of Conduct also describes how a support worker should behave and the Care Certificate describes the minimum things they must know and be able to do.
You can download it immediately below:
There is also an accompanying resource to help employers understand how to implement it within their setting. A downloadable copy is below:
The Code of Conduct was funded by the Department of Health and whilst not compulsory is a good way to evidence best practice. It covers:
- How to be sure workers are meeting the standards of care you expect
- How to ensure workers always act, behave and demonstrate the positive behaviours required to work in care and that they are correctly fulfilling their role
- It can be used as a tool to helpp with personal development.
If you are looking at continuing professional development, you should put into practice the code in your work. We have a number of other courses that can also help you which you can find here. Whilst the code set the standard of how you should work, you should not forget working in Health and Social care is a journey of learning and development. If you have not worked in Health and Social Care before – your starting point should be the Care Certificate.