Principles for Implementing Duty of Care in Health, Social Care or Children’s and Young People’s Settings. Essay

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Unit 12 Principles for implementing duty of care in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings. 1 Understand how duty of care contributes to safe practice. 1.1 Explain what it means to have duty of care in own work role. Duty of care is putting the interests of patients first and is required in all health and social care roles and all organisations that provide health and social care services. This also means doing everything in their power to keep patients safe from harm. Exercising duty of care is a legal requirement and would be tested in court should there be a case of negligence or malpractice. Patients have the right to expect when support is provided they will be kept safe and not be put at risk. Duty of care applies to all professionals who work with people. By thinking about the duty of care that we owe patients when panning our work, we can consider what we are doing is in the best interest of the patient. This also includes not only physical risks to the patient but protecting their dignity and respect. 1.2 Explain how duty of care contributes to the safeguarding or protection of individuals. By knowing that duty of care must be exercised towards every patient worked with provides a clear guide as to how we should behave and how we must consider those we work with. By following a code of practise and thinking about duty of care means that our practice will be safer as we are stopping to think about what to do in the best interest of the patient. Safeguarding is also about keeping children or vulnerable adults safe from any sort of harm and provides a broader aspect of protection. This protection covers harm from illness, abuse and injury. This means all family and agencies working together and taking responsibility for the safety of children and vulnerable adults are preventing accidents and protecting
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