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Digital skills and new technologies

We have emphasised the need to be able to keep up to date with digital skills and new technologies.

Why?

Technology continues to play an expanding role in the work of our registrants. We have made it clear that we expect registrants to maintain their ability to use new technology relevant to their practice.


Specific standards:

Registrants must:

  • 6.5: recognise that the concepts of confidentiality and informed consent extend to all mediums, including illustrative clinical records, such as photography, video and audio recordings and digital platforms
  • 7.7: use information, communication and digital technologies appropriate to their practice
  • 9.3: use digital record-keeping tools where required
  • 13.1: be able to change their practice as needed to take account of new developments, technologies and changing contexts

Expectations of registrants:

  • The use of technology has always been an important part of the way registrants meet the standards
  • The four standards above cover key areas in which registrants should be able to make use of technology
  • This standard does not mean registrants must be able to use all technology relevant to their field, as we know that registrants will have different access to technology based on their work setting and/or employer
  • One way that registrants can integrate the new standards into their practice is through their own records. For instance, when offering telehealth services to a new service user, registrants should:
    • consider how this might impact on the service user’s confidentiality
    • take time to explain to the service user how any of their information might be stored differently when compared to a face-to-face meeting
  • Registrants may also find it useful to specifically direct their CPD to new technology relevant to their field and reflect on the possible impact of new technology on their practice

 

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Page updated on: 23/11/2022
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