Clinical professionalism is a set of values, behaviours and relationships which underpins the public′s trust in healthcare providers both as individuals and organisations. ′First, do no harm′ is expressed most clearly today in the patient safety movement and the imperative for transparency and candour in the delivery of healthcare. Professional conduct is essential for safe and high quality clinical care.
The ABC of Clinical Professionalism considers recent evidence on how healthcare practitioners maintain professionalism including how values are developed and affected by the working environment, the challenges of maintaining personal and organisational resilience and the ethical and regulatory framework in which practice is conducted. Topics covered include:
- Acquiring and developing professional values
- Patient–centred care
- Burnout and resilience
- Confidentiality and social media
- The culture of healthcare
- Ensuring patient safety
- Leadership and collaboration
- Ethical and legal aspects of professionalism
- Teaching and assessing professionalism
- Regulation of healthcare professionals
The chapter authors come from a range of countries and have experience of working in multidisciplinary clinical teams, research, and in the training of future healthcare practitioners including their development as professionals.
1 Why Clinical Professionalism Matters, 1John Frain
2 Acquiring and Developing Professional Values, 9Sue Murphy, Alison Greig and Anna Frain
3 Patient–Centred Care, 17Anna Frain and Andy Wearn
4 Burnout and Resilience, 23Clare Gerada
5 Confidentiality and Social Media, 29John Spandorfer
6 The Culture of Healthcare, 35Charlotte E. Rees and Lynn V. Monrouxe
7 Ensuring Patient Safety, 41Nicola Cooper
8 Leadership and Collaboration, 47Judy McKimm and Jill Thistlethwaite
9 Ethical and Legal Aspects of Professionalism, 53Andrew Papanikitas
10 Teaching and Assessing Professionalism, 59John C. McLachlan and Kathryn A. Robertson
11 Regulation of Healthcare Professionals, 67John Alcolado and Clare Sutherland
Nicola Cooper, Consultant Physician and Honorary Clinical Associate Professor, Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Derby; and Division of Graduate Entry Medicine, University of Nottingham, UK.
Anna Frain, General Practitioner and GP Teaching Fellow, Division of Medical Sciences and Graduate Entry Medicine, University of Nottingham, UK
John Frain, Director of Clinical Skills, Division of Medical Sciences and Graduate Entry Medicine, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK.