Define the term ‘Duty of Care’ A duty of care is a legal obligation imposed on a carer requiring that they adhere to a good quality and standard of care. It is my duty to take care of vulnerable adults and to ensure that their needs and well-being are looked after. Although Health and Social Care Organisations have what is called ‘duty of care’ towards the people they look after, it is not only down to the care establishment to prioritise the safety, welfare and interests of the people using its services. It is also down to the care workers of the establishment. The employer also has a duty of care for staff members, to ensure that working conditions are safe, and suitable to deliver the service.
24: Introduction to duty of care in health, social care or children’s and young people’s setting 1. Understanding the implications of duty of care. 1.1 Define the term “duty of care”. A duty of care is a requirement which all individuals whom perform any acts of care upon anyone else, which may cause harm at any point, is legally obliged to adhere to. It is a legal obligation which sets a basic standard of care to prioritise the safety, welfare and interests of the people using their services.
How does duty of care affect your own role? You must be able to carry out duties that you are competent to do so. It is your duty to inform your line manager and decline the work that you have not been trained for here are two examples below You have had manual handling training to use a hoist there for you can use it safely and properly. You have not had training to use ceiling hoist, you cannot use it as if you did it would be unsafe and could cause an accident. You must be accountable for keeping records safe, reporting problems, and for your own decisions.
We are legally governed by the Human Rights Act to respect and protect an individual's rights first and foremost in everything that we do. It is a legal requirement of all health and social care staff to attend training enabling them to appropriately meet the needs of every individual in our care. Individuals have the right to receive the relevant support and treatment required for them to lead a comfortable life. A predominant focus of the training is the safety of the individual and how to maintain a safe, comfortable environment. Our policies and procedures within the work place protect the rights of individuals by making sure that we follow a person-centred approach and treat each case individually, but most importantly equally to any other case.
The duty of care affects my own work role by following all policies and procedures set by Mirus, going on training days when needed, always ensuring the service users are safe within their environments and respecting the rights of each service user. Outcome 2 – Understand support available for addressing dilemmas that may arise about duty of care 2.1. ‘It is my duty of care to support service users with their medication and to ensure that they are in good health. A dilemma could be if the service user refused me to administer the medication. I encouraged him and explained to her that he needs to take it so that he can keep in good health but he still refused.
Task1 Duty of care means that you must do everything that you can to keep the people who you care for safe from harm.It is not only the care establishment that needs to prioritise safety, welfafre and the intrests of the people using its services but also the care workers of the establishment. Also your employer has a duty of care to their staff to ensure that their working conditions are safe ans suitable. The duty of care affects my own work role as i am a support worker so i have to ensure i carry out a duty of care to all the clients i work with for example if one of the clients had 3 seizures in a row lasting over 3mins and i didnt ring an ambulance because another tennent ( their partner) told me they would be fine and not to, i would be breaching my duty of care becaus esomething could be seriously wrong with that tenannt and i would putting them in danger. The dilemmas that may arrise between the duty of care and the individuals rights for example could be, two of the tennants are in a relationship. But one of the tennants keep making accusations of their partner inapproperiately touching them then retracting what they saying and saying they lied.
1.1 Duty of care 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. 1.2 The duty of care affects own work role by making sure you keep yourself safe and your service user safe. It means being updated on any new training, following all and any security procedures in order to keep things safe.
Assignment 304 Principles for implementing duty of care in health , social care of children’s and young people’s settings Task A Duty of Care This is a legal term that refers to the responsibility and obligation of a person or organisation to avoid acts of omissions that are likely to cause harm to an individual or individuals by taking reasonable steps to safeguard them. Duty of Care and a Social Care Workers Role All social care workers have a duty of care towards individuals they provide care or support to within their role. Social care workers are expected to; • Put the needs and interest of those they provide care or support to at the centre of their practice. • Ensure what they choose to do (or not to do) does not harm or endanger those they provide care or support to. • Promote the health and wellbeing of the individual they provide care or support to.
In my work role I also have a responsibility to provide a duty of care to all patients receiving care. This is `The legal obligation to safeguard others from harm while they are in your care, using your services or exposed to your activities`. (Collins 2015) I am required to work to an excellent standard and quality of care, adhering to my organisations policies in my everyday practice. The trust value that I meet are; `We put our patients at the centre of everything we do’ `We focus on our people’ `We involve our people in making decisions’ and `We deliver excellence’ (Trust values booklet.) I am expected to ensure that all patients are treated fairly and with dignity and respect, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and diagnosis, and always act in the best interests of the individual whilst allowing them to be as independent as possible.
Legal requirements and codes of practice ensure care workers maintain confidentiality by setting out guidelines that state all information should not be handed out to anyone outside of those involved in the care of the individual. It also ensures care workers gain consent before passing on any confidential information. If health care professionals receive information that may put the individual or others at risk then they have a duty of care to report to their manager immediately. If the individual does not give consent, in this incident, the care worker would need to explain to the individual that it is their duty of care to report any information that puts the individual or others at risk. The legal requirements and codes of practice also ensure care workers protect daily recordings by keeping them in a secure place where they can only be accessed by those necessary.