(1) Understand the need for secure handling of information in health and social care setting
1.2 – Explain why it is important to have secure systems for recording and storing information in a health and social care setting
It is important to have secure systems for recording and storing information in a health and social care setting, as you are providing duty of care to your clients. You are making sure that no one else can get hold of their information as they can use it against them by carrying out fraudulent activity. It is also there for the worker to abide by the policies of confidentiality and follow the legislation of Data Protection Act 1998.
(2) Know how to access support for handling information
2.1 – Describe how to access guidance, information and advice about handling information
If I wanted guidance, information and advice about handling information I could go and talk to my supervisor or line manager about it, letting them know that I need support. I could have a look at the company’s policies and procedures to have a better understanding on how to handle information. I could also look it up with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) as they also provide guidance for data protection issues, and finally I could check that the service user have signed data consent form.
(3) Be able to handle information in accordance with agreed ways of working
3.2 – Follow agreed ways of working for:
* recording information
* storing information
* sharing information
The agreed ways of working for recording information has to be factual; by writing the time, date and what happened. Whenever you are recording any information you need to make sure that you are not glamorising it or putting your own personal views. Also you need to make sure that you do not record any unnecessary things, and when recording information it needs to be straight forward, down to the point and honest.