Task A Supervision Notes
Duty of care is the requirement that all health and social care professionals and organisation providing health and social care services, must put the interest of the people who use their services first. They also have to do everything in their power to keep people safe from harm.
It means the duty of care you have in your job is to keep yourself safe and your service user safe. Keep up to date on your training. All ways wash your hands before attending a service user before and after, and wear the protective aprons and gloves that are supplied by your work the duty is in exercising caution and to refrain from causing another person injury or loss. A duty of care is a legal obligation imposed on an individual requiring that they adhere to a standard of "reasonable care" while performing any acts that could foreseeable harm others.
When an employer adheres to the duty of care in a setting such as a residential care home it protects residents as well as the staff. This is because all codes of practice are carried out and makes the home a safer environment, for example: equipment is regularly checked, chemicals are stored correctly & staff trained regularly.
The duty of care contribute to safeguarding individuals by keeping them safe from any harm (sexual, emotional, financial and physical), vulnerable adult have a right to be safe and to be treated with respect and dignity. We, as adults, must take reasonable steps to ensure the safety and well-being of the service user. Failure to do this could be regarded as professional neglect. Always act and be seen to act in the service user best interests.
Duty of care safeguards vulnerable adults by the setting having done risk assessments and precautions taken to avoid accidents or the spreading of infections. Following the correct procedures if any concerns for the service user well-being, set clear boundaries for the service user depending, stage...