Working relationship with colleagues

The practice of healthcare professions is a moral enterprise, the adherence to which not only serves to protect the integrity of individuals, but also ensure the continued livelihood of the professions involved. The HPCSA strives to guide practitioners by way of ethical guidelines in the performance of their day to day duties.

The HPCSA wish to highlight the guidelines working relationship with colleagues noting that healthcare practitioners should:

  • Work collaboratively and cooperatively with other healthcare professionals in pursuit of the best health care for all patients,
  • Not discriminate against colleagues, including healthcare practitioners because of their views, of their race, culture, ethnicity, social status, lifestyle, perceived economic worth, age, gender, disability, communicable disease status, sexual orientation, religious or spiritual beliefs, or any other of vulnerability,
  • Refrain from speaking ill of colleagues or other healthcare practitioners,
  • Not make a patient doubt the knowledge or skills of colleagues by making comments about them that cannot be fully justified,
  • Support colleagues who uphold the core values and standards embraced in the HPCSA guidelines,
  • Advise colleagues who are impaired to seek professional assistance.

Click here for the complete list of ethical rules and guidelines.