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. We also have a duty to report any concerns in the care administered by completing relevant forms, such as accident / incident reports and the use of the whistleblowing policy if necessary. 2.1 It is important to distinguish the balance between an individual’s human rights without breaching health and safety issues which includes that of the individual, yourself as the carer and anyone else around you. An example of this could that whilst respecting an individual’s rights of choice to partake in an activity in which there is a high level of risk, then as a care worker we have a duty of care to ensure that the individual and others like the public and colleagues are kept safe by adhering to the health and safety guidelines that will be in place which could mean certain areas of the activity may not be able to done. 2.2 There are a number of ways to gain additional support and advice when needed.
P3) Explain risk assessment processes in the context of everyday activities in health and social care. It is required by the law that every care organisation need to carry out the formal risk assessment for their care setting. Risk assessment helps to determine the possibility of potential hazard in relation to given situation or any existing recognised threat. The aim of a risk assessment process is not only to focus on keeping resident safe but they should be person centred and promote independence, choice and autonomy. It should be reviewed regularly and all the members of staff need to have a clear understanding of the risk assessment process.
Describe dilemmas that may arise between the duty of care and an individual’s rights Me as a care assistant I have to do everything to keep my residents safe, I have duty of care to that people. Sometimes my residents they want to do something which can be dangerous for them. On the other hand, I have to respect their choices and rights. I have to explain nicely what the risk is and find the way to compromise. All of my action taken should be documented including any risk assessment carried out.
1.2 Explain employers’ responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection. Employers’ are responsible for making sure that all of the risks relating to the prevention and control of infection are assessed and that policies and procedures about infection control are put in place and updated when needed. Employers’ must ensure that the policies and procedures are being followed by all of their employees and must provide training for all employees in relation to infection control. Employers’ also have a responsibility to make sure that
Safeguarding and protecting the service user is very important part in the care sector I have a duty of care to the service user and to the organisation to make sure that any accidents, concerns or incidents that may take place and put the individual or you at risk to be reported to my line manager using the appropriate method as stated in the employees handbook. I also have to ensure that all daily activities and written based records are accurate and are up to date. The sharing of information with other professionals involved in the provision of care is also very important. I liaise with other professionals from different disciplines. These include people such as: Social Workers, Physiotherapist and Nurses etc.
1.2 Explain how duty of care contributes to the safeguarding or protection of individuals. In my job role I have a duty of care to raise any concerns that I may have about any aspect of my work. These can range from poor working conditions, poor equipment, poor practice by other staff and raising concerns about potential abuse cases and situations of neglect. It is my duty of care to safeguard individuals from harm. All employees should report any concerns of abuse they have.
This act is enforced by the Health and Safety executive. The main principles of this act are that employers have to look after the health, safety and welfare of all their employees. Employees and the self employed have to look after their own health and safety. Everyone has to take care of the health and safety of others, for example Members of the public that may be affected by their work. The Health and safety executive is the main person responsible for ensuring that the legislations put in to place in the work place is enforced.
ICO1 Outcome 1 Understand roles and responsibilities in the prevention and control of infections 1. Explain employees’ roles and responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection All employees are responsible for the prevention of spread of infections. Employees should also, in the care industry, have a personal as well as a moral responsibility to follow infection control guidelines. Regular hand washing is a responsibility that all staff should follow as well as wearing all appropriate/available PPE. There is many roles within a health and social care environment where infection control is always important.
There are also legal duties of care that must be accepted at all times. In my role as a support worker I have a duty of care towards the services users I support, my fellow colleagues and anyone that visits the premises. This duty of care is implemented in to the policy and procedures of the company. My duty of care ensures that I aim to provide high quality of care to the service users and ensure that they are protected and safeguarded from harm and anything that can hurt or affect their levels of care. Within this duty of care there also things like omissions or a failure to act that needs to be considered because if you fail to do something for a service user that is expected of you, then you have failed your duty of care and this can result in harm for the service user.
The healthcare professional must always keep front of mind that with this kind of role comes a certain amount of responsibility. 3. Duty of care in the workplace and how it affects my role In the workplace being conscious of the duty of care and ensuring that it is front of mind in every aspect of the job is very important. It is a way of working and an integral part of every aspect of the healthcare provision i provide. Those individuals under my care can, and should, expect that I will carry out my work in a professional and supportive way ensuring that they are not exposed to harm or any unnecessary or preventable risks.