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Work within the limits of your knowledge and skills

What the standard says:


  • Keep within your scope of practice

    3.1 You must keep within your scope of practice by only practising in the areas you have appropriate knowledge, skills and experience for.

    3.2 You must refer a service user to another practitioner if the care, treatment or other services they need are beyond your scope of practice.

    Maintain and develop your knowledge and skills

    3.3 You must keep your knowledge and skills up to date and relevant to your scope of practice through continuing professional development.

    3.4 You must keep up to date with and follow the law, our guidance and other requirements relevant to your practice.

    3.5 You must ask for feedback and use it to improve your practice.

Student guidance:

  • You should make sure that you are appropriately supervised for any task that you are asked to carry out.
  • You should ask for help when you need it. – You should be aware of any restrictions which apply to you in carrying out certain tasks and follow any relevant policies of your education provider or practice placement provider.
  • You should recognise that opportunities for carrying out any unsupervised tasks will vary during your programme and may depend on your knowledge, understanding, skills and experience.
  • You should only carry out an unsupervised task if you feel that you have the appropriate knowledge and skills to do so safely and effectively.
  • You should take responsibility for your own learning.
  • You should be aware of and follow any guidance issued by your education provider or practice placement provider for working with service users and carers.
  • You should ask for, listen to, think about and respond proactively to feedback you are given.


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Page updated on: 30/09/2020
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