The Ethics of the Health Care Assistant

The word ethics comes from the Greek word ethos, referring to a tradition, habit, personality, or disposition.

Ethics refer to a set of principles.

The Health Care Assistant contributes significantly to the provision of high-quality health care, care, and support. Doing the right thing for the patient is what ethical behaviour or obligation is all about. Health care professionals have a moral obligation to protect those in their care, this is their "Duty of Care".












The Health Care Assistant will work as part of the team and:

  • Promote and protect people who use health and care services' privacy, dignity, rights, health, and well-being.

  • Work with the multidisciplinary team to ensure that high-quality, safe, and compassionate health care, care, and support are provided.

  • Respect a person's right to confidentiality.

  • Respect a person's right to autonomy.

  • Promote the health, safety, and well-being of people who use health and care services via effective communication.

  • Maintain and promote diversity, inclusion, and equality.

Calling out those who do not conform to ethical practice is in fact an ethical standard set by all. 

Within the HSE in Ireland, a new programme has begun, called Values in Action - Our People, Our Culture

Nine behaviours have been identified that bring the HSE values of Care, Compassion, Trust and Learning to life.

For more information click here

Clipboard health has also made a very clear infographic!

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Continuous professional development (CPD) should increase the quality of health care, care, and support.

The above is brief for educational purposes; all employees must follow their employer's code of practice