* The General Social Care Council (GSCC) ‘Codes of Practice’ – 1.2 Summarise the main points of legal requirements and codes of practice for handling information in health and social care. The 8 priciples of Data Protection Act 1998 states the personal must be: Fairly and lawfully processed Processed for limited purposes Adequate, relevant and not excessive for the purpose Accurate and kept up to date Not kept for longer than necessary Processed in accordance with the data subjects rights Kept secure Not transferred to countries without adequate protection 2. Be able to implement good practice in handling
In outcome 21 it explains how records should be kept securely and can be located promptly when required. It expresses that important accurate record keeping is a must. The general Social care council (GSCC) codes of practice Also explains how to maintain clear and accurate records as required by procedures established for your work. It also explains about respecting confidential information and clearly explaining agency policies about confidentiality to service users and carers. As well as the
The right to have one's private life respected also includes that private and confidential information gets respected and that details are shared and stored in accordance with strict rules and regulations. Other legal sources of information regarding handling information are stipulated through common law and the rulings of individual cases. One of the central codes of practice in health and social care has been provided by the GSCC and it sets standards of practice and behaviour for staff working in that field, including standards for handling information and maintaining confidentiality. The Caldicott Standards also provide additional guidance for health and social care providers on how to manage confidentiality and access personal information in accordance with the Data Protection Act. It highlights 6 principles on how to protect and handle personal information correctly.
QCF Level 3 Health and Social Care David Mano CU2479 Promote Good Practice in Handling Information in Health and Social Care Settings Outcome 1 1.1 The current legislation tells us that we have to keep records and information safe and up-to-date at all times. Different companies keep various pieces of information. Different information is handled in different ways. We must follow the company policies and procedures about how to handle certain types of information, the policy will follow the guidelines as set out in the Data Protection Act 1998. As a carer we have the responsibility to make a record of the entire task that we perform in a clear way so that the information can be safely transmitted to the other carers and to the management.
Code of Practice for Social Care Workers Social care workers must: be accountable for the quality of their work and take responsibility for maintaining and improving their knowledge and skills. Care Standards Act 2000 (CSA) created a new regulatory framework for all regulated social care and independent health care services. The Act has two fundamental aims, to: • protect vulnerable people from abuse and neglect; and • promote the highest standards of quality in the care that people receive The standards and benchmarks you are evaluating your knowledge and performance against are Codes of practice, National Occupational standards and minimum/essential standards etc (See above) By following your workplace standards you will be ensuring best practice, which is used to maintain quality and can be used as a benchmark. When working in social care, to be effective and to provide the best possible service for those you support, you need to be able to think about and evaluate
Legal requirements and codes of practice inform practice in handling information by legislature which sets frame works and guide lines of how information should be recorded, stored, used/accessed and disposed of to protect /safe guard the welfare of individuals. 1 2 Understand good practice in handling information in social care settings. 2.1 Explain how to maintain records that are up to date, complete, accurate and legible. It is important to record information immediately it is acquired so that no detail is left out which is possible if left to a later time. At the time of recording the information all clarifications can be made for accuracy.The records should be signed, dated and legible for other users to access easily.
Also planning the day and having a routine which best fits around each individual ensuring that their best interests and personal choices come first. Other ways are - It also our duty of care to promote independence, and ensure that all individuals are aware of what their rights are. We should be aware of how to recognize signs of abuse, neglect or unacceptable behaviour and to follow policies and procedures if this happens All individuals should be treated fairly and without prejudice Informing management if there is anything that is stopping us from carrying out our job safely Complying with health and safety regulations Ensuring residents know about the complaints procedure and to report a complaint | 1.2 Explain how duty of care contributes to the safeguarding or protectionof individuals | We are responsible in keeping individuals safe from harm, whether it is illness, abuse or harm and injury. We can do this by involving families and other health care professionals in their care plan, getting ideas on ways best to support their family. Following a code of practice and
HSC038 Promote good practice in handling information in health and social care settings To understand the requirements for handling information in health and social care settings, the first step is to identify the legislation: The Data Protection Act 1998. This Act stipulates the rules for manual and electronic processing of personal data (e.g. names, addresses, dates of birth etc.) and ensures that every company which keeps such records is responsible for the data collected, how it is used and to whom it can be given. This Act has eight legally enforceable ‘data protection principles’: • Information must be processed fairly and lawfully • It must be used for limited and declared purposes • It must be accurate, up to date and relevant • Information must be held no longer than necessary • It must be kept secure • May not be transferred overseas unless safeguards are in place • Individuals have a legal right to see any personal information you have stored about them Confidentiality is a central trust between a service user and a health and social care setting to enable an open, beneficial and honest relationship.
Service users can expect to be accommodated within a clean and safe environment, protected from harm and treated with respect and dignity by social care workers. Service users should receive the right support and care from qualified and trained staff. Service providers should monitor their services ensuring you that you are receiving adequate care or support. Should service users have any issues with their service providers they have the right to complain and have the matter dealt with accordingly. Personal details and records of service users are to be to be kept up to date and stored safely.
Aii) Duty of care affects the work of each social care worker as duty of care places a responsibilities to ensure practices are fair, safe and recognises diversity, choice and independence. Duty of care affects the work of a social care worker means that organisational and legal requirements must be recognised understood or followed. A social care worker has the reasonability to keep up to date with best practices and to make sure they are applied to their day to day work. Social cared workers must also record actions taken and the thinking behind it. Aiii) Duty of care means that care giving organisations have agreed procedures and protocols when working with other agencies, a organisation needs a workforce development on duty of care.