Code of conduct
Code of conduct & ethics
The mandate of the Saskatchewan College of Paramedics (SCoP) is to ensure the members provide services in the public’s interest. As self-regulating professionals, all members of SCoP commit to provide care to their clients and members of the public with respect, fairness and accountability. All members have a commitment to their profession and to patients and their families, and to develop and maintain positive relationships with colleagues and other health professionals.
The Saskatchewan College of Paramedics Code of Professional Conduct is obligatory for all members and serves to guide and direct the conduct and practice of our members. The Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) investigates complaints of professional incompetence or misconduct and uses the Code of Professional Conduct in complaint resolution or disciplinary hearing. This is enforceable under The Paramedics Act. The Code of Professional Conduct can be found within the Regulatory Bylaws.
SCoP Code of Professional Conduct:
Principles of Ethical Behavior for All Members
- The well-being of the patient must be the primary concern.
- Honour the profession.
- Recognize one’s limitations and the skills of others in the care and treatment of the patient to work as a team.
- Teach and be taught; engage in lifelong learning.
- Remember that integrity and professional ability should be the member’s best advertisement.
- Disclose any conflict of interest whether that is personal or financial.
- Respect the confidentiality of issues.
Responsibilities to the Patient
All members shall:
- provide care based on human need with respect for human dignity;
- never exploit any patient for personal advantage;
- provide patient care within the member’s ability, seeking consultation where necessary, including physical comfort and spiritual and psychosocial support even when a cure is no longer available;
- report any activity deemed non-ethical or illegal to the appropriate authorities;
- protect and maintain the patient’s safety, dignity and privacy;
- once having accepted responsibility for a patient or the provision of patient care, continue to provide care until it is no longer required or care is being provided by an appropriate health care provider;
- hold in confidence all personal information entrusted to the member in the health care setting respecting the patient unless failure to disclose would endanger the patient or a third party or the disclosure is required by law;
- in providing medical service, never discriminate against any patient on such grounds as age, gender, marital status, medical condition, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status (this does not abrogate the right to refuse for legitimate reasons);
- provide the patient with the information they need to make informed decisions about their
medical care, and answer their questions to the best of the member’s ability;
- make every effort to communicate with the patient in such a way that the information exchange is understood;
- respect the right of a competent patient to accept or reject any medical care recommended;
- be considerate of the patient’s family and significant others and cooperate with them in the patient’s interest.
Responsibilities to the Profession
All members must:
- be familiar with current legislation and practice within the limitations defined in the member’s scope of practice;
- behave in a way beyond reproach and report any incompetent, illegal or unethical conduct by colleagues or other health care personnel to the appropriate authorities;
- conduct and present oneself in such a manner so as to encourage and merit the respect of the public for members of the profession;
- avoid impugning the reputation of any colleague;
- recognize that self-regulation of the profession is a privilege and that each practitioner has a continuing responsibility to merit the retention of this privilege;
- assume responsibility for personal and professional development;
- never use the member’s profession, knowledge or skills for unethical gain;
- strive to improve the professional standards in the member’s community and accept a share of the profession’s responsibility to society in matters relating to the health and safety of the public, health education and legislation affecting the health or well-being of the community;
- observe the rules of professional conduct set out in the “Code” in the spirit, as well as in the letter;
- work with students of their profession while in the clinical setting to provide a scholarly education in a non-threatening helpful manner without misleading or false information.