Standards of Conduct Performance and Ethics

What the standards mean for different groups


Service users, carers and the public


If you are receiving care, treatment or other services from one of our registrants, or you might do so in the future, the standards will help you to understand how our registrants should behave towards you. The standards will also be helpful if you are a carer. On the rare occasions that something goes wrong, anyone can raise a concern through our fitness to practise process (see page 11). We can take action when there are serious concerns about a clinical physiologist’s knowledge, skills or behaviour. We use the standards of conduct, performance and ethics to help us decide whether we need to take action to protect the public.

Registrants and applicants

If you are registered with us, you must make sure that you are familiar with the standards and that you continue to meet them. If you are applying to be registered, you will need to sign a declaration to confirm that you will keep to the standards once you are registered. As a registrant, you are personally responsible for the way you behave. You will need to use your judgement so that you make informed and reasonable decisions and meet the standards. You must always be prepared to justify your decisions and actions. Making informed and reasonable decisions might include getting advice and support from colleagues, education providers, employers, professional bodies, trade unions or other people. In particular, we recognise the valuable role professional bodies play in representing and promoting the interests of their members. This often includes providing guidance and advice about good practice, which can help you meet the standards. Students The standards also apply to you if you are a student on an RCCP accredited programme.

The RCCP Standards of Conduct Performance and Ethics