Principles of Professional Practice Essay

1690 Words Apr 8th, 2014 7 Pages
Hollie Cooper 10079944

Principles of Professional Practice
NMC Report

For this report I have been asked to compare and contrast the principles of regulations of two care professions. I have decided to choose Nursing and Social Work because I am currently training to be a nurse and I would like to see the difference between Nursing and Social Work education, training and codes of conduct as this is a field I don’t know much about.

NMC- Nursing & Midwifery Council
Follows- The Code: Standards of conduct, performance and ethics for nurses and midwives

SSSC- Scottish Social Services Council
Follows- Codes of Practice for Social Service Workers and Employers
SSSC has a code for both employers and workers. I am
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Continuing Professional Development
Both these professions expect the same high standards when it comes to education and training. Nursing and Social Work both have requirements for continued professional development and lifelong learning. It is essential that Nurses and Social workers keep a record of their training throughout their careers.
To be able to remain working and practicing as a nurse or a midwife you must keep your skills and knowledge up to date through lifelong learning. This requires that nurses complete 450 hours of registered practice along with 35 hours of learning activities every three years along with the annual fee of £100. Medicines, treatments and equipment are continuously changing so it’s important that nurses keep up to date to ensure that patients are getting the best available care. “You must take part in appropriate learning and practice activities that maintain and develop you competence and performance” (NMC, 2008 p6).
Social Worker’s must undertake “relevant training to maintain and improve your knowledge and skills and contributing to the learning and development of others” (SSSC, 2009 section 6.8). The requirement of continued learning is fifteen days which can consist of courses, reading
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