Introduction to duty of care in health and social care.
1.1 Define the term 'duty of care'
Health and social care organisations have what is called a duty of care towards the people they look after. That 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 Describe how the duty of care affects own work role
It means the duty of care you have in your job is to keep yourself safe and your service user safe. Keep up to date on your training. All ways wash your hands before attending a service user before and after, and wear the protective aprons and gloves that are supplied by your workthe duty is in exercising caution and to refrain from causing another person injury or loss. In tort law, a duty of care is a legal obligation imposed on an individual requiring that they adhere to a standard of "reasonable care" while performing any acts that could foreseeably harm others
2.1 Describe dilemmas that may arise between the duty of care and individuals rights
Dilemma 1: Bathing
Throughout my time working at broomhayes I encounted many dilemmas in which I had to solve around another students rights. As a support worker I could never force a student to do anything but advice to the best of my knowledge and try and make them understand that what I was asking from them was for the best of there needs.
My key student that I worked along side for nearly a year struggled allot when it came to bathing. At first we thought it may be a sensory thing but he has been known to enjoy water play in the past, being non verbal it was very hard to understand what it was about bathing which he hated.
It was very...