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.
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.
Each individual, will want to have their own preferences and wishes included in the way we will support them, so we must ensure we have all of their details known to us in care plans etc. We should always ensure their rights are protected, by our support, or the use of advocates. We must encourage their independence, to build on their self esteem, and confidence. We must ensure their privacy, dignity, and respect is honored, and all needs met, as we need to have, the individuals, best interests at heart to support them. 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.
Unit 13 principles for implementing duty of care in health and social care 1.1 Explain what it means to have a duty of care in own work role A duty of care is a requirement that all health and social care professionals and organisations providing health and care services, must put the interests of the people who use their services first. Your duty of care underpins, everything that you do. It is what underlies the Codes of Practice and it should be built into your practice on a day to day level. People have a right to expect that when a professional is providing support they will be kept safe and not be neglected or exposed to any unnecessary risks. Duty of care is not only about physical risks, you also have a duty of care to treat people with dignity and respect.
Every healthcare worker has a duty to act accordingly not just towards the clients but also their co-workers, other healthcare professionals and themselves. - following GCSS Code of Practise - keeping knowledge and skills up to date - not undertaking procedures outside own competences - acting in the best interest of clients - ensuring health, safety, welfare of clients - adhere to companies policies and procedures Duty of care affects my own work role by following all policies and procedures set by the company, going on training days when available, always ensuring the clients are safe within their environments and respecting the rights of each client. OUTCOME 2: Understand support available for addressing dilemmas that may arise about duty of care. Despite all the efforts of healthcare providers to ensure an Individual receives the best possible care there might arise conflicts and dilemmas between healthcare worker and service user. Those conflicts may include: refusing a meal, type of activity, refusing medication or a treatment.
Definition of Duty of Care Working in the Health and Social Care industry, there is a legal requirement to act in the Service User’s best interests and provide a duty of care towards the people who are being supported. Also, employer’s have a Duty of Care to their staff, ensuring that training needs are met. My employer also has a duty of care for staff members, to ensure that working conditions are safe and suitable to deliver the service. Legally, employers must abide by relevant health & safety and employment law, as well as the common law duty of care. They also have a moral and ethical duty not to cause, or fail to prevent, physical or psychological injury, and must fulfil their responsibilities with regard to personal injury and negligence claims.
The social care worker must do everything they can to keep the service users safe from harm, injury and abuse. This can be achieved by following and adhering to the following: * Work within the definition of your job role. * Keep accurate records and documentation as necessary. * Agreed ways of working of your employer which includes: - Policies and Procedures of your organisation, which are essential pieces of information that will enable the social care worker to work professionally and safely. .
| | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | 204-1.2, 304 – 1.2 | | Question 2:Explain what it means to have ‘duty of care’ in your job role. | | | It means making sure that I provide a good quality and standard of care. It is my duty to | | | take care of vulnerable clients and to make sure that their needs and welfare are being | | | looked after. I also make sure that service users are treated with care and respect, and | | | that they are protected from any harm or abuse that may happen, and that they are | | | given choices. It also my role to make sure that my duty is carried out safely and | | | effectively in line with the organisation’s policies and procedures.
These values should underpin all work in the health and social care sector when they are followed as they should be then all individuals should be able to feel that, and health and social workers should ensure that: all individuals are treated with dignity and respect the individual is supported in accessing their rights the individual is treated as an individual the individual is supported to exercise choice ensure that the individual has privacy when they want it support the individual to be as independent as possible Person centred values provide a foundation on which we can base and build our practice. We need to understand what the values are, how we can promote them and why they are important. A
Principles for implementing duty of care in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings Outcome 1 A duty of care is legal obligation to take reasonable care to avoid causing risk, damage or harm; it is a term for safeguarding myself and others. This involves keeping the individual safe, free from harm and allowing the individual to maintain their independence and their choices. The majority of my patients are elderly and are often vulnerable in different ways whether it be in a physical or cognitive capacity. They require a certain amount of protection from myself and others around them to ensure they are safe from harm and potential risks. All individuals have the right to be safe and to be treated with respect and dignity.