Identify legislation and codes of practice that relate to handling information in health and social care settings
Legislation relating to handling information in health and social care settings include The Data Protection Act, The Freedom of Information Act 2000, Human Rights Act 1998, The Care Standard Act 2000, Confidentiality Act 2000 and the Privacy and Personal Information Act 1998.
Summarise the main points of legal requirements and codes of practice for handling information in health and social care
The main points of legal requirements and codes of practice are handling the information securely and only sharing it with consent unless special circumstances permit otherwise. Records must be maintained in the organisational format and the information must be clear, factual and relevant.
Describe features of manual and electronic information storage systems that help ensure security
Manual storage systems ensure security as they are usually kept privately via lock and key which is stored in a safe when not being used. Electronic information storage systems generally have passwords and encryptions on them. These may also be secured via a firewall. Storage systems will only be accessible on a need to view basis and a trusted person such as a manager will enable the access to the party needing to view.
Explain how legal requirements and codes of practice inform practice in handling information
Legal requirements and codes of practice inform practice on handling information as every organisation has a handling info policy. All staff are to follow the procedures set out in this policy as information getting into the wrong hands can put service users at risk and result in disciplinary action. The codes of practice inform and give support/guidance to each company of the safe ways to handle and store the confidential information and ensure it is just that, confidential.
Explain how to maintain records that are up to date,...