Hsc 28: Handling Information in a Health and Social Care Setting

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1.1 Identify the legislation that relates to the recording, storage and sharing of information in health and social care One such legislation is the Data Protection Act formed in 1998 which states that individuals have a right to see data collected that relates to them and that no individual can see anyone else's personal information. Another legislation is the Health and Social Care Act 2008 which states that information should be gather to monitor infection rates and to assess the risk of infection at any time. The Freedom of Information Act 2000 tells us that the public has the right to access information from public authorities. These are a few examples which again show the importance of accessing information; telling us who can see what information. 1.2 Explain why it is important to have secure systems for recording and storing information in a health and social care setting There are many reasons why the recording and storage of information is important. One of which is the legislations which all care homes have to adhere to. More reasons include protecting confidentiality; only individuals and those who have received their consent can access their personal information. You also preserve the rights of the service users by protecting their data. By storing data in systems that are password protected you make it so that only those who 'need to know' service users' personal information can see them. Additionally, you also reduce the chance of identity fraud as only a certain number of people have access to service users' personal information. 2.1 Describe how to access guidance, information and advice about handling information I would go to my manager who would know more than me on the subject. The manager is the fastest route as he would know what to do immediately. If they weren’t available then I would refer to the organisation’s policies and
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