Identify Legislation and Codes of Practice That Relate to Handling Information in Health and Social Care.

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1a. Identify legislation and codes of practice that relate to handling information in health and social care. Data Protection Act 1998: This is how information about individuals is used. This covers eight principles under which personal data must be protected and collected. DPA says that service user information must be confidential and can only be accessed with their consent. Service users must know what records are being kept and why the data is kept. Freedom of Information Act 2000: The Freedom of Information Act gives individuals the right to ask organisations all the information they have about them… There are some that might be withheld to protect various interest which if that is the case, the individual must be aware of it. Information about individuals will be handled under the Data Protection Act. General Social Care Council (GSCC) Codes of Practice: These set out the standards of practice that everyone who works in social care should meet. With regard to handling information the Codes state that: -Social care employers must have written policies in place to help social care workers meet the GSCC’s Code of Practice for Social Care Workers, including policies on confidentiality. - Social care workers must protect the rights of the people they support, including their right to privacy. - Respect confidential information and be able to explain their workplace’s policies about confidentiality to the people they support, their family and friends. Question 1b (Weighting: 5) Summarise the main points of legal requirements and codes of practice for handling information in health and social care. Requirements for handling information: relevant legislation relating to the handling of information in health and social care e.g Data Protection Act (1988), Freedom of Information Act (2000), Disability Discrimination Act (2005), and other relevant
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