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‘Professionalism’ is under increasing scrutiny across the health and social care professions, with many of the issues that emerge later in people’s careers being linked to a broad range of behaviours distinct from their technical ability.

Fitness to practise cases heard by regulators such as the Health Professions Council (HPC) and the General Medical Council (GMC) often include components of inappropriate or unprofessional behaviour which would not be captured by competency testing.

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'Exploring competency and public protection: How good are we at assessing competency?'
6 Feb 2014

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Professionalism in healthcare professionals

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This qualitative study was commissioned from the Durham University as part of a wider research programme exploring aspects of professionalism.

The study looked at the understanding of professionalism within three regulated professions (chiropodists / podiatrists, occupational therapists and paramedics) to explore what is perceived as professionalism by both students and educators, and why / how professionalism and lack of professionalism may be identified.