Professional Code Rewrite

By Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine UK, 20 Nov, 2023 | 3 min read

Why are we rewriting the Professional Code?

The world of sport, and consequently the specialty of Sport and Exercise Medicine, is a fast-paced and dynamic environment. As a result, there is a strong demand for a high professional standard of the medical professionals within that environment.

As part of our continued effort to set these exemplary standards across the specialty, we are conducting a comprehensive review and rewrite of our Professional Code. This rewrite is a fundamental part of the Faculty’s ongoing work to ensure this quality is reflected across the board at FSEM.

Who is conducting this rewrite?

The level of work needed for a project of this scope is high. To accomplish this, our Elite Sport Committee have created a Professional Code Working Group, which will be led by Dr David Pugh. This group will consist of 8 people, who bring a vast level of expertise across Sport and Exercise Medicine, as well as invaluable past experience in working on previous iterations of the Professional Code.

While this body of work will be carried out by the group, we are keen that we involve our entire membership, by doing so ensuring that this rewrite best reflects the thoughts of the wider SEM community. Therefore, we’re asking for your contribution…

How can you contribute?

We want to ensure that all Members of the Faculty can contribute to this project. Therefore, we reached out for your feedback on our current Professional Code, which we can then use for rewriting the new Professional Code. This rewrite will be completed in line with the recently updated GMC’s Good Medical Practice, therefore we recommend that any feedback is provided with this in mind. To send us feedback, please do so through our email under the subject heading “Professional Code Feedback”. Any feedback sent to us will be compiled, reviewed and considered by our Professional Code Working Group.
The goal is for the Professional Code rewrite to be completed in the first half of 2024. As this is a large undertaking with a significant body of work, we ask that any feedback you have is provided to us by 10th December 2023
We thank you in advance for your support and contribution to this project. 
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