12 Medical and Social Care Professions


1. Major characteristics of a profession (occupational requirements)
Professional Training
  • expertise and professional skills acquired from the recognised academic qualification and training that may be certified in an examination
  • the practice regulated by the relevant ordinance(s) and code of practice based on the professional ethics and standards
Professional body
  • the society or association established by own professionals, which has the authority to establish, review and monitor the qualifications of its members
2. Types of health care and social care professionals
Health services
  • Doctors / Dentists / Chinese Medicine Practitioners / Nurses / Physiotherapists / Occupational Therapists / Optometrists / Radiographers / Medical Laboratory Technologists / Pharmacists / Chiropractors / Midwives
Social services
  • Registered Social Workers (RSW)
3. Professional Ethics – Code of Practice
Privacy and Confidentiality
  • not to disclose the information about the clients without his/her consent
  • to respect the privacy of the residents in the residential care by providing the private space
Equality in care practice
  • to serve all clients equally irrespective of race, nationality, belief, age, gender or social status etc.
Support and Advocacy
  • to support clients in participation in planning and implementation of services
  • to advocate initiatives / services for improving the health and well-being of the clients

Latest Update: October 2019


Assessing my learning

  • What is profession?
  • What are the different professionals in health and social care services?
  • What are the major professional ethics?