Ethics and Conduct Policy
SK Medical Practice Limited is committed to operate all activities within the spirit and letter of all laws and regulations affecting the company’s businesses and employees, authorised users and data contributors. This policy sets out the standards of conduct and the professional behaviours that we all must adhere to.
The purpose of this policy is to define the requirement for adhering to implemented codes of conduct by employees, authorised users and data contributors. All employees, authorised users and data contributors should at all times conduct themselves in accordance with all professional regulatory standards related to SK Medical Practice Limited. It will describe controls to ensure compliance with all stated company standards.
This policy covers all SK Medical Practice Limited employees, authorised users and data contributors and as such all must adhere to the company policy.
The standards of conduct, performance and ethics we must keep are as follows;
- Act in the best interests of the Claimant
- Respect the confidentiality of the Claimant
- Keep high standards of personal and professional conduct
- Provide to any appropriate third party users important information regarding conduct or competence
- Keep our professional skills and knowledge up to date
- Keep accurate records
- Behave with integrity
- Comply with the relevant Civil Procedure Rules, Practice Directions and Protocols
- Comply with all appropriate regulation and agreements
The Standards of Conduct and Ethics
- Act in the best interests of the Claimant
Each case involves an injured Claimant. We will not allow our views about a Claimants sex, age, colour, race, disability, sexuality, social or economic lifestyle, culture, religion or beliefs to impact on the way that we deal with each individual Claimant.
We will maintain and uphold our professional standards at all times when dealing with the Claimant.
While SK Medical Practice Limited has no wish to interfere in any employees outside activities, SK Medical Practice Limited has a policy of prohibiting conflicts of interest. SK Medical Practice Limited requires that employees (and their immediate family, namely, spouses and family living in the same household) not have ownership interests in, or own property with any of SK Medical Practice Limited vendors, suppliers, contractors, agencies, customers, or competitors (or their office employees) unless SK Medical Practice Limited determines that such ownership interests does not conflict with employee’s obligations to SK Medical Practice Limited.
2. Respect the confidentiality of the Claimant
We will always treat information about the Claimant as confidential and use it only for the purpose for which they have provided it. We must not knowingly release any personal or confidential information to any party who is not entitled to it and we will check that parties who ask for the information are entitled to it.
We will always keep to the conditions of the DPA and always follow and keep up to date with best practice for handling confidential information.
3. Keep high standards of personal and professional conduct
We will always maintain high standards of both personal and professional conduct so as to ensure that the general public and all other Authorised Users, Data Contributors and Accredited Experts will have confidence in us as an Authorised User, Data Contributor of MedCo or as an Accredited Expert and our actions should not undermine confidence in the MedCo Service.
4. Provide any important information about our conduct and competence
We will advise appropriate third party users including MedCo immediately if we have important information about our conduct or competence, or about the conduct or competence of any other appropriate third party users including Authorised Users, Data Contributor or Accredited Experts which comes to our attention. We will advise appropriate third party users including MedCo immediately if we or any Authorised Users or Data Contributor or Accredited Expert or third party users are:
- Convicted of any criminal offence, receive a conditional discharge for an offence or accept a police caution;
- Disciplined by the relevant professional regulator;
- Suspended or placed under a practice restriction because of concerns about our conduct or competence or the conduct or competence of any Authorised Users or Data Contributor or Accredited Experts;
- If we or any Authorised Users or Data Contributor or Accredited Expert is declared bankrupt, entered into any individual voluntary arrangements or had a County Court Judgement issued against us or any Authorised User or Data Contributor or Accredited Expert;
We are aware that regulatory bodies including MedCo will investigate the circumstances of any report into conduct and competence in light of this policy, the Agreement, the terms of the qualifying criteria and/or our accreditation and will take action.
5. Keep our professional skills and knowledge up to date
All employees, authorised users and data contributors should at all times ensure that professional skills, knowledge and performance are of good quality, up to date and relevant to our scope of practice and data protection requirements.
6. Keep accurate records
Accurate records should be maintained of all engagement with the Claimant and on all aspects relating to the use of the MedCo service and any other service that SK Medical Practice Limited provide.
7. Behave with integrity
All Employees, Authorised Users, Data Contributors and Accredited Experts will be expected to behave with integrity at all times. This covers their dealings with Claimants, MedCo and other Authorised Users, Data Contributors and Accredited Experts.
This will include (but is not limited to):
- Making full and frank disclosure of any Direct Financial Link that one MedCo Authorised User may have with a Data Contributor or Direct Medical Expert (or vice versa) and keeping that disclosure updated if there are any changes ;
- Ensuring that Referral fees are not requested, paid or received in breach of the Legal Aid Sentencing and Provision of Offenders Act 2012;
- Not providing any misleading information in their dealings with MedCo;
- Not engaging in any other practice that would undermine the public confidence in MedCo, the Service, Authorised Users and or Data Contributors and or Accredited Experts.
8. Comply with the relevant Civil Procedure Rules, Practice Directions and Protocols
Authorised Users, Data Contributors and Accredited Experts will ensure that they are up to date with all relevant provisions and that the provisions are adhered to. The management team will verify compliance to this policy through various methods, including but not limited to, periodic walk through, business tool reports, internal and external audits, and feedback to the policy owner.
9. Comply with all appropriate regulation (MedCo rules) and agreement
Employees, Authorised Users, Data Contributors and Accredited Experts will ensure that they are familiar with the terms of their relevant agreements and the MedCo regulations were applicable, and ensure that these are adhered to. Any revisions will be published and Employees, Authorised Users, Data Contributors and Accredited Experts should familiarise themselves with any updated versions of MedCo or any other regulations. MedCo has also published Guidance as to how it will interpret the Qualifying Criteria. Such Guidance will form the basis of audits of MedCo Data Contributors and all MedCo Data Contributors should familiarise themselves with and act in accordance with that Guidance as updated from time to time.