1. Legal and Professional Issues

  1. Sarah Phillips1,
  2. Mary Collins2 and
  3. Lisa Dougherty OBE3
  1. Lorraine Hyde

Published Online: 23 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444393231.ch1

Venepuncture and Cannulation

Venepuncture and Cannulation

How to Cite

Hyde, L. (2011) Legal and Professional Issues, in Venepuncture and Cannulation (eds S. Phillips, M. Collins and L. Dougherty OBE), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444393231.ch1

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Vein Train Ltd, London, UK

  2. 2

    Imperial College, Healthcare NHS Trust, London, UK

  3. 3

    The Royal Marsden Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK

Author Information

  1. The Royal Marsden Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 15 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405148603

Online ISBN: 9781444393231



  • legal and professional issues;
  • venepuncture and cannulation - commonly performed invasive procedures in NHS;
  • ensuring a satisfactory outcome for patient - requiring practitioners, to have relevant and up-to-date knowledge and skill;
  • legal aspect, and nursing profession - delivering high quality care at all times;
  • nurse's role, offering intellectual stimulation - and professional satisfaction;
  • law deriving from two sources - Acts of Parliament and statutory instruments;
  • concept of accountability - influenced by issues, authority and autonomy related to concept of professionalism;
  • NMC in terms of code of conduct - and sanction, and removal from register;
  • accountability, implicit within areas of practice - where practitioner delivers care;
  • vicarious liability - NHS trusts, and other employers having two forms of liability


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Learning Outcomes

  • Introduction

  • The Legal Aspect

  • The Professional Aspect

  • Accountability

  • Duty of Care

  • Vicarious Liability

  • Record Keeping

  • Consent to Treatment

  • Evidence-Based Practice

  • Conclusion

  • References