The ability to speak with healthcare professionals via phone, video-conference and email significantly increases accessibility for service users, but it is imperative these services do not impact on their safety
The HCPC has joined force with other regulators, professional bodies, and education providers to create a set of principles to help protect patient safety outlining the good practice expected of healthcare professionals when prescribing medication online.
The ten principles, underpinned by existing standards and guidance, include the need to:
- understand how to identify vulnerable patients and take appropriate steps to protect them;
- carry out clinical assessments and medical record checks to ensure medication is safe and appropriate; and
- raise concerns when adequate patient safeguards aren’t in place.
These principles apply to all healthcare professionals involved in providing consultations and medication to patients remotely. For the HCPC this includes our chiropodists/podiatrists, dietitians, paramedics, physiotherapists, diagnostic and therapeutic radiographers.
The principles could help you to identify and call out where unsafe practice is taking place so this can be acted upon.
High level principles for good practice in remote consultations and prescribing
This information is for all healthcare professionals with prescribing responsibilities. It sets out the shared high level principles of good practice expected of everyone when consulting and or prescribing remotely from the patient