Understand how to handle information in social care settings
Outcome 1 understand requirements for handling information in social care settings
1.1 Identify legislation and codes of practice that relate to handling information in social care settings.
Legislation and codes of practice that relate to handling information in a social care setting could include:
Data Protection Act 1998
Freedom of Information Act 2000
Health & Social Care Act 2008 - Essential standards
1.2 Explain how legal requiremants and codes of practices inform practice in handling information.
Outcome 2 understand good practice in handling information in social care settings
2.1 Explain how to maintain records that are up to date, complete, accurate and legiable.
Records need to be kept upto date, this should be done by checklists and keeping a log of records that need updating in a diary. All records should be completted fully by someone who is compitent and who knows the tennant the records are for. They should be accurate, this can be done by accessing the right information, such as asking family, medical personal, older doccuments and the person the records are concerning. Legiable, forms and records need to be kept legiable so they are accessable for everyone to read. The easiest way to do this is to print everything and to use a font that is large and uncomplicated.
2.2 Describe practices that ensure security when storing and accessing information.
All information that is stored electronically should be password incripted and only accessable to staff with the password. All other sensitive information should be kept secure by it up in a secure room such as a staff office or even in a seperate building.
2.3 Describe features of manual and electronic information storage systems that help ensure security.
As described above, manual storage systems for information are generally lockable areas such as filling cabinates and...