Code of Practice:
The terms and conditions of a practitioner registered with the Assemblage Point Association are as follows and, by signing an application form to be added to the Assemblage Point Association Register, a practitioner automatically agrees to abide by these terms and conditions.
1. Patients/clients must be able to trust a practitioner with their well-being. To justify that trust practitioners have a duty to maintain a good standard of practice and care and to show respect for human life. In particular, as a practitioner you must:
(a) make the care of patient/client your first concern in the context of the treatment you are giving;
(b) treat every patient/client politely and considerately;
(c) respect patients'/clients' dignity and privacy;
(d) listen to patents/clients and respect their views on their treatment;
(e) give patients/clients information in a way they can understand;
(f) respect the rights of patients/clients to be fully involved in decisions about their care;
(g) keep your professional knowledge and skills up to date;
(h) recognise the limits of your professional competence;
(i) be honest and trustworthy;
(j) respect and protect confidential information;
(k) make sure your personal beliefs do not prejudice your patients'/clients' care;
(l) act quickly to protect patients/clients from risk if you have good reason to believe that you or a colleague may not be fit to practice;
(m) avoid abusing your position as a practitioner.
In all these matters you must never discriminate unfairly against your patients/clients and you must always be prepared to justify your actions to them.
2. All patients/clients are entitled to good standards of practice and care from their Assemblage Point Association registered practitioner. Essential elements of this are professional competence, good relationships with patients/clients and the observance of professional and ethical obligations.
3. Adequate care during assemblage point locating and shifting must involve:
(b) taking suitable and prompt action when necessary and if requested to do so by the patient/client;
(c) referring the patient to another practitioner when appropriate (e.g. if a manual shift would be inappropriate and another practitioner might be able to offer a shift with electronic gem transducers).
4. In providing treatment, you must:
(b) be competent when making diagnoses of the assemblage point location and when giving or arranging treatment;
(c) keep clear, accurate, legible and contemporaneous patent/client records which report the relevant findings, the decisions made, the information given to patients/clients and any treatment given.
5. If you have good reason to think that your ability to treat patients safely is seriously compromised by inadequate premises, equipment, or other resources, you should put the matter right, if that is possible.
6. The investigations or treatment you provide or arrange must be based on your judgement of patients'/clients' needs and the likely effectiveness of the treatment. You must not allow your views about patients' lifestyle, culture, beliefs, race, colour, gender, sexuality, disability, age, or social or economic status, to prejudice the treatment you provide or arrange. You must not refuse or delay treatment because you believe that patients'/clients' actions have contributed to their condition.
7. If you believe that patients/clients pose a risk to your health or safety, you should take reasonable steps to protect yourself and can refuse to provide treatment, explaining that it is not possible for you to treat this particular patient/client.
8. You must keep your knowledge and skills up to date throughout your registration with the Assemblage Point Association.
9. Some parts of medical practice are governed by law or are regulated by other statutory bodies. You must observe and keep up to date with the laws and statutory codes of practice which affect your work.
10. If you have responsibilities for teaching you must develop the skills, attitudes and practices of a competent teacher. You must also make sure that students or assistants working with you or for you are properly supervised.
11. You must respect the right of patients/clients to be fully involved in decisions about their care. Wherever possible, you must be satisfied, before you provide treatment or investigate a patient's/client's condition, that the patient has understood what is proposed and why, any significant risks or side effects associated with it, and has given consent.
12. You must treat information about patients/clients as confidential. If in exceptional circumstances there are good reasons why you should pass on information without a patient's/client's consent, or against a patient's/client's wishes, you must be prepared to justify your decision to the patient/client if appropriate, and to the courts, if called upon to do so.
13. Successful relationships between practitioners and patients/clients depend upon trust. To establish and maintain that trust you must:
(b) respect patients'/clients' privacy and dignity;
(c) respect the right of patients/clients to decline to take part in teaching or research and ensure that the refusal does not adversely affect your relationship with them;
(d) respect the right of the patient/client to a second opinion.
14. You must not allow your personal relationships to undermine the trust which patients/clients place in you and, in particular, you must not use your professional position to establish or pursue a sexual or improper emotional relationship with a patient/client or someone close to them.
15. Good communication between patients/clients and practitioners is essential to effective care and involves:
(b) giving patients/clients the information they ask for or need about their assemblage point location, its treatment and prognosis, in a way in which they can understand, including, to the best of your ability, information about any potential side effects;
(c) sharing information with patients'/clients' close relatives, partners or carers, only if they ask you to do so and have obtained the patient's/client's consent.
16. Rarely, there may be circumstances, for example where a patient/client has been violent to you or your assistant, has stolen from the premises, or has acted inconsiderately or unreasonably, in which the trust between you and the patient/client has been broken and you find it necessary to end a professional relationship with the patient/client.
17. In the above circumstances, you should, where necessary and appropriate, inform the patient/client, orally or in writing, that you have decided to end the professional relationship.
18. Patients/clients who complain about the care or treatment they have received have a right to expect a prompt, open, constructive and honest response. You must co-operate fully with any formal inquiry by the Assemblage Point Association into the treatment of a patient/client in such circumstances and must give to those who are entitled to ask for any relevant information in connection with an investigation into your professional conduct, performance or health. A decision made by the Assemblage Point Association to remove your name from its register must be regarded as final.
19. In your own interests, and those of your patients/clients, you must obtain adequate insurance or professional indemnity cover for any part of your practice not covered by an employer's indemnity scheme, provided that such cover is available in your country.
20. You must not undermine patients'/clients' trust in the care or treatment they receive, or in the judgement of those treating them, by making malicious or unfounded criticisms of other members of the Assemblage Point Association Register.
21. Delegation involves asking an assistant to provide treatment or care on your behalf. When you delegate care or treatment you must be sure that the person to whom you delegate is competent to carry out the procedure or provide the therapy involved. You must always pass on enough information about the patient/client and the treatment needed. You will still be responsible for the overall management of the patient/client.
22. Referral involves transferring some or all of the responsibility for the patient's/client's care, usually temporarily and for a particular purpose, such as additional investigation or a shift with electronic gem transducers, or other care or treatment which fall outside your competence. If you refer patients/clients to any other kind of health care practitioner, you must be reasonably satisfied that the practitioner to whom you refer a patient/client is accountable to a statutory regulatory body, such as the Assemblage Point Association or UK General Medical Council.
23. If you publish information about the services you provide, the information must, to the best of your ability, be factual and verifiable. In the UK it must be published in a way that conforms with the law and the guidance issued by the Advertising Standards Authority. In other countries, similar guidelines must also be followed. Neither the APA nor it directors or trainers can take legal, moral or ethical responsibility for the actions, views, advertising material, web sites, etc. of individual members. It is the individual responsibility of members to behave in a an appropriate professional manner at all times and in all respects. This includes not making false claims about their work, not using others' material without gaining written permission to do so, and not passing on details about their patients unless the patient/client asks them to do so in writing.
24. The information you publish must not make unjustifiable claims about the quality of your services and must not, in any way, offer guarantees of cures, nor exploit patients'/clients' vulnerability or lack of medical knowledge.
25. Information you publish about your services must not put pressure on people to use a service, for example by arousing ill-founded fear for their future health.
26. You must be honest and trustworthy when writing reports, completing or signing forms, or providing evidence in litigation or other formal enquiries. This means that you must take reasonable steps to verify any statement before you sign a document. You must not write or sign documents which are false or misleading because they omit relevant information. If you have agreed to prepare a report, complete or sign a document or provide evidence, you must do so without unreasonable delay.
27. If you participate in research, you must put the care and safety of a patient or client first and ensure that they have given consent.
28. You must be honest and open in any financial arrangements with patients/clients and in particular:
(b) you must not exploit patients'/clients' vulnerability or lack of medical knowledge when making charges for treatment or services;
(c) you must not encourage your patients/clients to give, lend or bequeath money or gifts which will directly or indirectly benefit you. You must not put pressure on patients/clients or their families to make donations to other people or organisations.
29.You must not put pressure on patients/clients to accept treatment from you or anyone else.
30. If you have financial or commercial interests in organisations providing health care or in pharmaceutical or other biomedical companies, these must not affect the way you prescribe for, treat or refer patients/clients.
31. If you have a financial or commercial interest in an organisation to which you plan to refer a patient or client for treatment or investigation, you must tell the patient/.client about your interest.
32. If you know that you have a serious condition which you could pass on to patients, or that your judgement or performance could be significantly affected by a condition or illness, or its treatment, you must take and follow advice from a consultant in occupational health or another suitably qualified professional on whether, and in what ways, you should modify your practice. Do not rely on your own assessment of the risk to patients/clients.
33. If you think that you have a serious condition which you could pass on to patients/clients, you must have all the necessary tests and act on the advice given to you by a suitably qualified professional about necessary treatment and/or modifications to your practice.
34. Unless you have been trained by an authorised Trainer/Examiner of the Assemblage Point Association to become a Trainer/Examiner and have a valid certificate indicating that you are authorised to train others under the auspices of the Assemblage Point Association, you must not offer or give training to others, nor pass on to others the copyrighted material given to you during your own training.
35. This document is not exhaustive. It cannot cover all forms of professional practice or misconduct which might bring your registration into question. You must therefore always be prepared to explain and justify your actions and decisions to the Assemblage Point Association if requested. Each member must agree to follow the relevant international and national laws relating to their country in terms of codes of professional, medical and financial conduct, including laws of copyright and intellectual property.
36. The Assemblage Point Association can take action:
(b) when there is an allegation of serious professional misconduct;
(c) when an Assemblage Point Association registered practitioner's professional performance may be seriously deficient;
(d) when an Assemblage Point Association registered practitioner with health problems continues to practice whilst unfit, in such a manner that patients/clients are likely to suffer.
If there is evidence that patients/clients may be at risk, the Assemblage Point Association can suspend or restrict a practitioner's registration as an interim measure and publish that information on the Assemblage Point Association web site and elsewhere if appropriate.
Where the problem concerns a practitioner's conduct, our action can range from a warning to – in the most serious cases – striking the practitioner's name off the register.
37. Should any previous Assemblage Point Association member, who, for whatever reason, has ceased practising assemblage point work and/or stopped their membership payments and let their membership lapse, but wants to rejoin the Association, they can be asked to retrain or demonstrate adequate location and shifting techniques before being reinstated on the APA register. The directors reserve the right to determine whether retraining or demonstrating techniques is most appropriate in individual cases.
38. The Assemblage Point Association reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions when it considers it to be appropriate to do so.
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