Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12Excellence in Musculoskeletal Medicine, Exercise Medicine and Team Care | 5 FSEM - PROFESSIONAL CODE 4 | Excellence in Musculoskeletal Medicine, Exercise Medicine and Team Care FSEM - PROFESSIONAL CODE 1. Knowledge, skills and performance You must: 1.1.  Ensure you have the necessary knowledge and skills to provide the highest standards of medical care for your patient. 1.2.  Maintain your continued professional development and each annual professional appraisal must assess the full scope of your practice as a doctor including administrative, research and clinical work. 1.3.  Provide medical care without discrimination on grounds of age, gender, sex, cultural, ethnic, disability, lifestyle or religion. 1.4. Maintain your professional autonomy regardless of third party pressures. 1.5.  Understand the skills both mental and physical in the training and competition requirements of your patient to participate in sport or an exercise regime. 1.6.  Clarify the role, responsibilities, contract and indemnity insurance in advance of taking up a new post to ensure you are properly equipped for the duties you are undertaking and the sports specific needs. 1.7.  Ensure that you have adequate indemnity protection against damages, claimant’s costs and defence costs relating to a claim brought by a patient’s employer, club, agent, sponsor or event organiser in relation to alleged negligent treatment of a patient. Members and Fellows should discuss indemnity options with their employer and medical defence organisation. Indemnity insurance may only cover the Doctor for claims made by the patient, and not by their club, agent, sponsor or other. 1.8. Ensure you have adequate personal injury insurance. 1.9.  Refer to another member of the multi-disciplinary team (MDT) if you have insufficient knowledge or experience in the area of the patient’s problem, or if you feel the patient would benefit from other professional involvement. 1.10. Refer for a second opinion and facilitate this for your patient, when appropriate. You should: 1.11.  Be aware that you are not obliged to provide treatment if you believe this will not be in your patient’s best interest Introduction This Professional Code is for Members and Fellows of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine United Kingdom (FSEM UK). The fundamental professional obligations of a Member or Fellow of the FSEM UK are no different to those duties of a doctor registered with the General Medical Council UK. This Professional Code should be read in conjunction with the latest General Medical Council’s (GMC) guidelines and is similarly formatted. This Professional Code serves to fill in for some areas of medical practice inside Sport and Exercise Medicine, which may require further clarification for Members and Fellows. Where there is any doubt Members or Fellows are urged to seek guidance from their medical Indemnity providers as to their professional conduct. The GMC’s Good Medical Practice summarises the duties of a Doctor registered with the GMC in four key domains: 1. Knowledge, skills and performance. 2. Safety and quality. 3. Communication, partnership and teamwork. 4. Maintaining trust. Similar to the GMC Good Medical Practice the FSEM (UK) Professional code has used the terms • ‘you must’ as an overriding duty or principle •  ‘you should’ is an explanation of how you will meet that principle or when there are factors outside your control on how you should proceed. Dr R Jaques Immediate past President FSEM (UK) 2016