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Legal and ethical issues. The first issue in the scenario, which I will discuss, is the age of Sophie and what the law states about minors consenting themselves for invasive surgery.

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Assignment submission checklist Insert or 'Yes' I have checked that the assignment conforms to the details in the Pre-registration Programme Handbook. Yes I have checked that the main body of the assignment uses a font size that gives approximately 300 words per page (for example Arial 12 point), and that it is double spaced. Yes I have left margins of at least 4cm at the left hand side and 2 cm at the right hand side, top and bottom. Yes Quotations longer than two lines are indented. Yes All pages are numbered Yes Margins are free of all information, including page numbers. Yes I have checked that the reference list conforms to the Harvard referencing system, as per the Edge Hill University Harvard guide. Yes I have completed a cover sheet (see next page) Yes I have checked that the details on the cover sheet are correct, in particular that I have included my name, address and student number Yes Legal and ethical issues in The operating department. 14th July 2010 Michael Parry HEA1004: Legal and Ethical Issues of Multidisciplinary Practice. Student ID: Word Count: 2022 Faculty of Health DipHE Operating Department Practitioner Legal and Ethical issues in the Operating Department In this assignment I will be discussing the legal and ethical issues raised in a scenario I have been given. ...read more.


There are three main types of advocacy recognised in a clinical practice setting the first one being the most popular (Guido, 2009). The rights protection model, practitioners advocate for the legal and ethical rights of the patient (Guido, 2009). Second is autonomy model which practitioners will assist patients in asserting their autonomy rights (Guido, 2009). Finally values-based decision model, this approach requires practitioners to assist the patient by discussing his/her needs and desires also helping the patient make important decisions that are consistent with that particular patients values and lifestyle (Guido, 2009). Whilst the surgeon and anaesthetist where outside with Sophie's mother, Sophie took the chance to tell the ODP that she did not want the surgery and wanted to be left alone to die. ODP's are not employed to make decisions for patient's so therefore must put aside their own beliefs and act upon the patient's requests (Guido, 2009). It is now the ODP's job to act as an advocate for the patient and tell the surgeon and anaesthetist Sophie's wishes (Griffith & Tengnah, 2008). This must be done in a professional manner making sure the patient is not coerced in any way by her mother or any other person present (CODP, 2007). (Carey, 2009) suggests the right to consent and the right to refuse are two separate issues in English law. ...read more.


Medical and non-medical staff are asked to seek advice or help if they are required to undertake a task beyond their scope of practice (Balance & Duxbury, 2000). To conclude the scenario had quite a number of legal and ethical issues buried inside. It painted a vast picture of the problems incurred by staff in most NHS trusts across the UK. I also realised that a patient's choice does not just effect themselves it effects healthcare professionals caring for that patient and indeed the patient's own family members. When I started this assignment I had no idea of the concept of autonomy for patients or how the governing bodies that register all healthcare professionals' police legal and ethical issues. I realise out of all the legal and ethical principles brought up in the scenario the most important aspect is always the patient. The patient must be at the forefront of any decisions made about their own care. In Sophie's case the doctors acted beneficently towards Sophie to ensure her autonomous right remained with her. Also acting in a way to do Sophie no harm and act in her best interest as a young depressed minor. The assignment has given me a big insight to problems I may come across in the future as a registered ODP. Assessing the needs of all my patients on an individual basis, giving them autonomy but also staying between the law and ethical boundaries of acceptable practice. ...read more.

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