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What the standard says:


  • Identify and minimise risk

    6.1 You must take all reasonable steps to reduce the risk of harm to service users, carers and colleagues as far as possible.

    6.2 You must not do anything, or allow someone else to do anything, which could put the health or safety of a service user, carer or colleague at unacceptable risk.

    Manage your health

    6.3 You must make changes to how you practise, or stop practising, if your physical or mental health may affect your performance or judgement, or put others at risk for any other reason.

Student guidance:

  • You should make sure that you take all appropriate steps to limit the risk of harm to service users, carers and others.
  • You should not do anything that you think will put someone in danger or at unacceptable risk.
  • You should follow your education provider’s or practice placement provider’s policy on managing risk.
  • You should be aware that you may put your service users or yourself at risk if your performance or judgement is affected by your physical or mental health.
  • You should ask for appropriate support and adapt your study or stop studying if your performance or judgement is affected by your physical or mental health and could put service users, yourself or others at risk.
  • You should get advice from a doctor or other appropriate professional if you are worried about your physical or mental health.

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Page updated on: 30/09/2020
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