Duty Of Care Analysis

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1.1 Define the term ‘duty of care’ In law a duty of care is a legal obligation on an individual to ensure that they follow a standard of reasonable care that could harm others. In the workplace the employer owes a duty of care to all employees and this is enforced legally with the Health and Safety at Work Act etc 1974 and other health and safety legislation. Duty of care in health and social care means the same but is more rigidly applied, you must do everything that you can to keep the people in your care safe from harm. It is not only the care establishment that needs to prioritise the health, safety and welfare and interests of the people using its services, but also the care workers of the establishment. It is a legal obligation which…show more content…
In my job role this is making sure that I do not overcome my boundaries and recognise my abilities and limitations of my competency. Keep my emotions and personal beliefs outside of work and also never accept any offer off patients that would be seen to compromise my position. Inform more senior members of staff of any actions or omissions by myself or colleagues that I may feel will put the safety of myself or patients at risk. • Promote and uphold the privacy, dignity, rights, health and wellbeing of people who use health and care services and their carers at all times. In my job role always acting in the best interests of patients is essential, treating them with the respect and compassion that they need. Giving people their own independence and dignity is vital as this describes entirely the type of care I that I deliver. Neither respecting people’s wishes, cultures & beliefs not forcing them to do something they do not want or feel comfortable doing. Always having to be alert and observe my surrounding so I am in control of any situation that may escalate and become out of control. I also have to respond to any comments that are inappropriate or complaints in a calm and professional…show more content…
Giving a good duty of care is getting to understand different lifestyles and cultures respecting the individuality and diversity of the people who enter the hospital. Not discriminating against people because they have different ways of life or have different beliefs. Ensure that your behaviour, words and actions and those of people working in your area support a commitment to equality of opportunity, diversity and inclusion. It is important that I know my personal responsibilities and liabilities under the equality legislation and any relevant codes of practice. Also to be aware of the diversity and needs of your patients and identify areas where needs could be better satisfied and where the diversity of patients could be improved. This is where the training improves my ability because it is for me to action the hospital’s written equality, diversity and inclusion policy and make sure that I work within the guidelines set. Understand support available for addressing dilemmas that may arise about duty of care 2.1 Describe dilemmas that may arise between the duty of care and individual’s right. In the healthcare profession we always try to give the best service which we can and ensure that people are happy with the service that we provide but sometimes dilemmas occur as we don’t always agree with everyone. Unfortunately having codes of conduct/procedures etc do not always match the wishes of the person. In this situation

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