Standards of Safe, Effective and Professional Practice

Last updated: 22/03/2022

Registrants must abide by our standards, which are closely mapped against HCPC regulation standards. Annually, we require our registrants to complete a self-declaration that they are still eligible to be a registrant with us. Our own quality assurance procedure, to maintain the integrity of our register, means we audit a small sample of registrants annually, where we request to view your ongoing adherence to Breeze Academy’s Standards of Practice. Failure to complete the self-declaration (and if requested, your portfolio) will result in the registrant being removed from the Breeze Academy register.

The areas which registrants must self-declare annually are:

  • I have maintained my CPD, in accordance with the guidance set out under “Continuous Professional Development”
  • I continue to deliver safe, effective & professional practice in my area of registration, in accordance with the guidance set out under “Standards of safe, effective and professional practice”
  • I have adequate insurance to cover my clinical practice
  • I have a Valid DBS

Continuous Professional Development

Breeze Academy expects its registrants to adhere to the principles of Continuous Professional Development (CPD). Registrants therefore must:

  • Continuously ensure their practice is in line with best practice
  • Adhere to the Breeze Academy ‘Standards of safe, effective and professional practice’ at all times, and that their CPD is directly related to their area of clinical work
  • Ensure that they are engaging with activities that lead to the development of their practice

Registrants must ensure that their CPD activities meet the following criteria:

  1. An accurate record of CPD activity, to include:

    1. Date, location & hours attributable to the activity

    2. Type of activity engaged with (workshop / course / clinical reflection / debate)

    3. Reflection on learning, particularly focussing upon why they consider this activity to positively contribute to their development

  2. A varied portfolio of CPD within the registrants’ area of clinical work. Evidence recorded should demonstrate benefit to the registrant's own personal/professional development and benefit to the service user. The registrant should maintain a record of:

    1. Reflection on client interactions

    2. Engagement with courses that include safety, evidence base and practical skills for a minimum of 10 hours per annum

Standards of safe, effective and professional practice

Service users have expectations that when they access a health & wellness service, their practitioner is adequately trained in their given skill, is competent in its delivery, and is adhering to safe practice. Therefore, the Breeze Academy Register requires all registrants to maintain their competence at all times.

Registrants will, therefore:

Safe clinics
  • Maintain a safe environment for the client and the registrant
  • Have an awareness, and screening of, contraindications & precautions
  • Be competently aware of the required responses to adverse events
  • Have accessed and understood the latest guidance on contraindications and precautions, and responses to adverse events
  • Adhere to, and be proficient in, appropriate manual handling techniques to ensure safe practice for both them and their client
  • Be aware of applicable health and safety legislation, policies and procedures
  • Have health and safety records, that include incident reporting
  • Maintain an up-to-date First Aid certificate
  • Be able to select and apply appropriate protective equipment, where necessary
Effective practice
  • Have skilled verbal and non-verbal communication, which can be tailored to diverse populations that consider age, culture, religion, gender, politics, ethnicity, spirituality and/or socioeconomic status
  • Have a proficient grasp of written and spoken English language
  • Know the limits of their practice, and seek advice/referral to other professionals when required
  • Know when and how to start, stop or continue with a course of treatment
  • Be able to work collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Maintain CPD as outlined in Section “Continuous Professional Development”
  • Understand the structure and function of the human body, including anatomy, health, disease, disorder and dysfunction
  • Maintain knowledge of clinical features for common diseases
  • Be able to set SMART goals for their service users
Professional Practice
  • Be able to understand and implement informed consent
  • Be able to perform a professional duty of care, acting in the best interests of the service user and general public at all times
  • Be able to incorporate an inclusive approach to patient-centred care, which respects the dignity, culture, values and views of the service user
  • Adhere to the law at all times*
  • Be personally responsible for, and able to justify, their decisions
  • Accurately document patient records, that detail the assessment, treatment and notable interactions with the service user and/or other related to the service users’ care
  • Be able to keep records that are in line with legislation, protocols and guidelines
  • Adhere to legislation surrounding confidentiality and client notes, including GDPR

*You will be removed from the register if a criminal conviction poses a threat to the general public, and/or the integrity of healthcare professionals