RCOT Standards and Ethics

The Code of Ethics and professional conduct is a statement of the values and principles set by the College

The Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct describes a set of behaviours and values to promote and maintain good and safe professional practice in occupational therapy. It applies to all members, associate members and students and is available for reference by service users, employers, and commissioners. It also includes the College’s Code of Continuing Professional Development.

Professional standards defined by the College raise the quality, safety and effectiveness of occupational therapy

The Professional Standards for Occupational Therapy Practice will enable all occupational therapy staff to monitor and improve their practice and demonstrate to others the quality of service that can be expected from occupational therapists. The standards are underpinned by legislation, national policy and HCPC regulation requirements. They have been produced in alignment, and should be read in conjunction with, the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. The audit tool can be used to monitor, review and develop practice.

NICE Quality Standards define what quality care in England should look like across a particular clinical area or pathway

They are sets of specific, concise statements derived from the best available evidence and their purpose is to act as benchmarks of high-quality health and social care.

The following NICE Quality Standards are endorsed by RCOT: