Midwives are accountable to the public, patients, their employers and the profession. It is essential that student midwives have a clear understanding of the legal and professional dilemmas they face in the course of their career and how to address those dilemmas in order to practise effectively. This book is an essential resource for student midwives developing their knowledge and understanding of the requirements for safe practice. It provides a clear introduction to the subject, with activities and case studies throughout to illustrate key principles and apply the law in context.
Richard Griffith is the team leader for healthcare law in the School of Health Science at Swansea University where he has taught since 1992. He initially trained as a nurse before turning his attention to law and an academic career. He has a particular interest in applied law in healthcare practice and has published widely in a range of nursing journals. Cassam Tengnah was formerly a lecturer in health law in the School of Health Science at Swansea University and taught across a range of courses from undergraduate to postgraduate level. His early background is in nursing and health promotion and he has a particular interest in public health law. Chantal Patel is a lecturer in health law and ethics at the School of Health Science at Swansea University. Chantal has a wide and varied legal background and has a particular interest in diversity and the law. Chantal sits as a justice of the peace in Swansea.
Introduction to the Law and the Legal System Principled Decision-Making and Ethics Accountability in Midwifery Practice Equality and Human Rights Consent to Examination and Treatment Consent: Children and Infants Safeguarding Children Record-Keeping Confidentiality Legal Status of the Unborn Child Health Promotion and Public Health Negligence Domestic Abuse and Protecting the Vulnerable Adult Reproduction, Family Planning and the Law Medicines and the Law Health and Safety