|1.||The interests of the patient or client are paramount.|
|2.||Professional accountability must be exercised in such a manner as to ensure that the primacy of the interests of patients or clients is respected and must not be overridden by those of the professions or their practitioners.|
|3.||The exercise of accountability requires the practitioner to seek to achieve and maintain high standards.|
|4.||Advocacy on behalf of patients or clients is an essential feature of the exercise of accountability by a professional practitioner.|
|5.||The role of other persons in the delivery of health care to patients or clients must be recognised and respected, provided that the first principle above is honoured.|
|6.||Public trust and confidence in the profession is dependent on the practitioners being seen to exercise their accountability responsibly.|
|7.||Each registered nurse, midwife or health visitor must be able to justify any action or decision not to act taken in the course of her professional practice.|
A UKCC Advisory Document, March 1989.
Reproduced by kind permission of the UKCC.