Aii How the duty of care affects the work of a social care worker The social care worker must: * Adhere to the set rule of standards laid out by the organisation and not work outside their capabilities as this could lead to negligence, incompetence or abuse and cause harm to the service user, colleagues or self. * Always act in the best interest of the service user and their care needs, giving choice and promoting independence whilst treating them with respect, whatever their choices and
Task A Ai: What is meant by the term Duty of Care. Health and Social Care organisations have what is called a duty of care towards the people they look after. That means they must do everything they can to keep the people in their care safe from harm. It is not only the care establishment that needs to prioritise the safety, welfare and the interests of the people using its service but also the care workers who work in the establishment have the same duty of care as well. Also the employer has a duty of care for the staff members to ensure that the working conditions are safe and suitable to deliver the service to the individuals.
For instance, Beddoe believes that the purpose of the professional supervision from an employer perspective is to ensure public protection. This linked to the regulation in health and social care and appointing supervisors is a means of increasing professional accountability and avoiding risk by increasing surveillance of the workforce( Beddoe,2010) PJ Calpin 2012. Supervision helps to prevent or support the staff to reflect on their practice and improve it wherever one could. I often come across, that support staff raise issues around the practice of the fellow care workers in One2Ones. These issues often highlight the training needs of the individual.
The term “duty of care” in my mind best describes the way in which you treat the persons in your care. You should always be willing to be supportive to people in your care and enable them to live free from prejudice and keep them safe from abuse. It is your duty to do everything reasonable in your job role to make this happen. In essence, “duty of care” means you must provide care and support individuals within the law, including those defined in your employers’ policies, procedures and agreed ways of working. The company and you will have a duty of care to ensure that the service users you care for are safe and protected from abuse by other service users, staff, carers, friends and family.
SUPERVISION NOTES A i What is meant by the term Duty of Care Health and Social Care organisations have what is called a duty of care towards the people they look after. That means that they must do everything they can to keep the people in their care safe from harm. It is not only the care establishment that needs to prioritise the safety, welfare and interests of the people using its services, but also the Care Workers of the establishment have the same Duty of Care. The employer also has a duty of care for staff members, to ensure that working conditions are safe, and suitable to deliver the service. Duty of care is a legal obligation that is usually imposed on an individual person requiring them to adhere to a standard of reasonable care while undertaking or performing any acts of duty that could possibly harm others.
As a health and social care worker it is our duty of care to provide all of the above and also keep individuals safe from harm or exploitation. It is good for all professionals and organizations to work together in partnership with each other and the individuals we all support. We should follow codes of practice, and deliver what the service user wants. 1.2 Explain why it is important to work in a way that embeds person centered values. 1.2 It is important to work this way, by following codes of practice, as we need to ensure that we deliver best care/support, making sure, we do the correct things, in the correct way.
1.1 - Duty of care is a legal obligation for each individual in the health and social care setting that requires them to adhere to a standard of reasonable care. Ensuring they don’t put their service users or themselves in any danger. In the workplace there are policies and procedures, agreed standards, codes of practice and other legislation a care worker should follow. In a care workers job role you would be responsible for making sure the service users’ needs are met to the best of your ability making sure the service user does not come to any harm and also making sure they are involved in their care plan. Promoting services user’s choice and rights to the best of your ability.
Ensuring the environment they live in is safe and clean by filling out cleaning rotas and keeping appropriate doors locked for supervised access. Also following all of the Codes of Practice. Explain how duty of care contributes to the safeguarding or protection of individuals. Following a code of practice sets out a basis for your work ethics and makes you stop and think if you are working in the best interests of the people you are supporting and to keep them away from harm. Also to safeguard this means for all Multi-Disciplinary teams and families working together and taking responsibility for the service users and their safety especially those with a history of abuse.
How Duty of Care Contributes to Safe Practice Every individual should be supported and enabled to live in an environment which is free from prejudice and safe from abuse. My responsibilities under the duty of care are to do everything reasonable within the definition of my job role to make this happen. Duty of Care means providing care and support for individuals within the law and also within the policies, procedures and agreed ways of working with my employer. It is about avoiding abuse and injury to individuals, their friends and family and their property. In my role I have a duty of care to raise any concerns that I may have about any aspect of work.
It is important to be positioned correctly as a therapist so you prevent yourself from pain or injury if you consistently and positioned correctly this can result in repetitive strain injury. • It is important to use the correct products, tools, equipment and technique because so the client can feel the best benefit from their treatment and it will not harm the client. • It is important to complete treatment records correctly so that you have on record if the client has any contra-indications which may prevent or restrict a treatment. You will also have on record anything the client may be allergic to. • It is important to complete the treatment to the satisfaction of the client so they go away feeling happy and return to you again in the future.