Duty of Care: Definition Duty of Care is a legal obligation to always act in the best interests of everyone to ensure that those receiving healthcare services receive safe and appropriate care and safe from danger and misuse. It is a code of practice that should be adhered to by healthcare professionals in everything they do to ensure they stay within the legal requirements for their role and to ensure that they are protected in the event of a claim of malpractice or negligence. It is also important that healthcare professionals act with independence as they are responsible for the wellbeing of those they care for. They must stay within their own professional competence and confidence levels and do all that they can to keep those receiving care from them safe from harm, as those they look after are often the more vulnerable members of society. The healthcare professional must always keep front of mind that with this kind of role comes a certain amount of responsibility.
Unit 1 Principles for implementing duty of care in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings 1 Understand how duty of care contributes to safe practice (a) What it means to have a duty of care in one’s own work role A duty of care is a legal obligation to all Health and Social carers and professionals who have to act in the best interests of individuals and others, also not to act or fail to act in a way that results in harm. This duty of care can be a general implied minimum standard of care or can be outlined in different codes of practice or guidelines in various legislation. This duty of care can also be more specific and defined in specific legislation for example Equality Act 2010 or the COSHH regulations 2002. Carers and employers have to ensure that this duty of care is practiced and achieved. Employers adopt this duty of care into their training and operating procedures so it is central to how they conduct their practice.
CT235 Introduction to duty of care in health and social care. 1.1 Define 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. My employer also has a duty of care for staff members, to ensure that working conditions are safe, and suitable to deliver the service.
INTRODUCTION TO DUTY OF CARE IN HEALTH, SOCIAL CARE 1.1 As a care worker, you have a legal obligation to adopt a ‘duty of care’ approach towards the people within your service. You are required to work in the best interests of the people using the service which includes maintaining their safety and wellbeing. 1.2 It is important to carry out duties that are in own job description and that you are competent. It is also necessary to regularly update own knowledge and skills in order to uphold and provide the care standards that are in accordance with the codes of practice of the care setting. This includes the use of any available resources such as hoists for the moving of residents and ensuring training is up to date by attending all relevant courses.
As a carer you have a duty to that person to keep them safe at the same time you also need to respect an individuals rights and choice, so you do all that you can to keep them safe. 1.2. Describe how the duty of care affects own work role: During your everyday work as a carer/support worker there are many practices that are carried out with individuals according to their support plans. it is our responsibility to see that these practices are carried out according to what is written down in the support plans at all times to ensure the health & safety of those we are working with and that no individual is put in a situation where there is a possibility of them coming to any harm. The same applies to working times just because your shift ends at a certain time there may be a time where you will need to remain on shift if a fellow worker has failed to turn up for work or there has been an emergency situation .
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.
At Peace Haven House it is our duty to maintain a good standard of practice whilst ensuring that diversity, equality and right procedures are correctly followed. We must ensure that everyone has the right to be included and to be treated equally regardless of their background, race or gender . Everyone should be accepted and respected in a professionally dignified manner, according to the health and safety standards within the health and social care service. As health and social care practitioners, it is important to make sure that our behaviour at work is highly professional at all times. We must adhere to the policies and procedures of our setting.
Be aware of dilemmas that may arise about Duty of Care and the support available for addressing them 2.1 Describe dilemmas that may arise between the Duty of Care and an individual’s right You may have a case as a care worker where an individual may want to do something which could be a risk to their own health and safety. It’s your duty of care to do all you can to keep them safe but you also have the duty to respect them as an individual. This causes a dilemma. An example of this is a resident no longer wanting to use her Zimmer Frame, but in her care plan it states that she uses it to help her move
What having a duty of care means for a Care Giving Organisation. Aiii: Trained to their Organisations Standards. Ensuring employee’s understand CQC and the definition Duty of Care. Legally, employers must abide by relevant health and 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.
4222 204 Duty of care In health and social care settings. Define the term duty of care. This is a legal obligation to ensure individuals health and safety, to keep an individual safe, you must report any concerns to your line manager, respect confidentiality and respect the individual’s wishes. It is your requirement to work in the best interest of the individual and within your own level of competence it is your responsibility to be aware of policies and procedures. How does duty of care affect your own role?