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Be honest and trustworthy

As a student you should:

  • make sure that your conduct and behaviour does not damage public trust and confidence in your profession.
  • be aware that your conduct and behaviour outside of your programme may affect whether or not you are allowed to complete your programme or register with us.
  • not claim that you have knowledge, skills, qualifications and experience which you do not.
  • be honest about your role with service users, carers and others.
  • make sure that your personal appearance is appropriate for your practice placement environment.
  • follow your education provider’s or practice placement provider’s policy on attendance.
  • You should follow your education provider’s policies on ethics when carrying out research.
  • make sure that all attendance, achievement and assessment records are completed accurately and truthfully.
  • reference other people’s work appropriately and not pass it off as your own.
  • provide constructive feedback on the quality of your teaching and learning experience in both the education and practice placement setting
  • provide, as soon as possible, any important information about your conduct, competence or health to your education provider and practice placement provider.
  • tell your education provider, as soon as possible, if you are charged with, convicted of, or accept a caution for, any offence.
  • co-operate with any investigation into your conduct or competence.

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What the standard says:


  • Personal and professional behaviour

    9.1 You must make sure that your conduct justifies the public’s trust and confidence in you and your profession.

    9.2 You must be honest about your experience, qualifications and skills.

    9.3 You must make sure that any promotional activities you are involved in are accurate and are not likely to mislead.

    9.4 You must declare issues that might create conflicts of interest and make sure that they do not influence your judgement.

    Important information about your conduct and competence

    9.5 You must tell us as soon as possible if:

    – you accept a caution from the police or you have been charged with, or found guilty of, a criminal offence;
    – another organisation responsible for regulating a health or social-care profession has taken action or made a finding against you; or
    – you have had any restriction placed on your practice, or been suspended or dismissed by an employer, because of concerns about your conduct or competence.

    9.6 You must co-operate with any investigation into your conduct or competence, the conduct or competence of others, or the care, treatment or other services provided to service users.

Page updated on: 30/09/2020
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