Duty of Care: Definition Duty of Care is a legal obligation to always act in the best interests of everyone to ensure that those receiving healthcare services receive safe and appropriate care and safe from danger and misuse. It is a code of practice that should be adhered to by healthcare professionals in everything they do to ensure they stay within the legal requirements for their role and to ensure that they are protected in the event of a claim of malpractice or negligence. It is also important that healthcare professionals act with independence as they are responsible for the wellbeing of those they care for. They must stay within their own professional competence and confidence levels and do all that they can to keep those receiving care from them safe from harm, as those they look after are often the more vulnerable members of society. The healthcare professional must always keep front of mind that with this kind of role comes a certain amount of responsibility.
. - Individual care plans for each service user in your care, which includes details of a person’s health and social care needs and the support they require. - Risk assessments which are in place to determine a level of risk and the likely outcome. - Health and safety policies, to ensure a safe and healthy working environment to protect the employee, employer and service users. Aii How the duty of care affects the work of a social care worker The social care worker must: * Adhere to the set rule of standards laid out by the organisation and not work outside their capabilities as this could lead to negligence, incompetence or abuse and cause harm to the service user, colleagues or self.
1.1 Define the Term ‘duty of care’ Duty of care means that it is your duty to provide a good quality standard of care to the people you look after, your colleagues, your employer and yourself. This care must be provided at all times and must: * be carried out in a way that will keep people safe from harm * be carried out by acting in the best interest of individuals * be carried out within your own competence and do not do anything that cannot be done safely * work effectively as part of a team * Provide a high standard of practice and care at all times * remain professional at all times to maintain the good reputation of your profession * Keep clear and accurate records * Keep your knowledge and skills up to date * Maintain a safe working environment * Maintain personal hygiene 1.2 Describe how duty of care affects your own work role (think of the tasks you do) I must only carry out duties that are within my own job role, responsibility and competence. If I am asked to do a task that does not fall in line with the above then I must decline. I must follow and adhere to the correct companies policies and procedures and provide a standard of care in line with the principle ‘codes of practice’ in all aspects of my work. This includes acting in the best interests of the patients and ensuring their health, safety and welfare.
4222 204 Duty of care In health and social care settings. Define the term duty of care. This is a legal obligation to ensure individuals health and safety, to keep an individual safe, you must report any concerns to your line manager, respect confidentiality and respect the individual’s wishes. It is your requirement to work in the best interest of the individual and within your own level of competence it is your responsibility to be aware of policies and procedures. How does duty of care affect your own role?
Unit 1 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 (a) What it means to have a duty of care in one’s own work role A duty of care is a legal obligation to all Health and Social carers and professionals who have to act in the best interests of individuals and others, also not to act or fail to act in a way that results in harm. This duty of care can be a general implied minimum standard of care or can be outlined in different codes of practice or guidelines in various legislation. This duty of care can also be more specific and defined in specific legislation for example Equality Act 2010 or the COSHH regulations 2002. Carers and employers have to ensure that this duty of care is practiced and achieved. Employers adopt this duty of care into their training and operating procedures so it is central to how they conduct their practice.
Principles For Implementing Duty Of Care Within Health, Social Care Settings Duty of care is a phrase used to describe the obligations implicit as a Health & Social Care worker. As an individual healthcare worker you owe a duty of care to your patients/ service users, your colleagues, your employer, yourself and the public interest. Everyone has a duty of care it is not something you can opt out of. Your duty of care means that you must aim to provide high quality care to the best of your ability. If for any reason you can’t do this then you must say so.
Introduction to duty of care in health and social care setting 1.1- define the term duty of care the duty of care is a moral and legal obligation to ensure the safety and well-being of the people you are being employed to look after, in my job this in means I must act in the best interests of individuals not act in anyway that will cause harm work within my limits and only complete tasks that I am confident and trained to do 1.2-describe how the duty of care affects own work role the duty of care protects and makes sure that everybody is safe, which means all staff members should be up to date on all policies and procedures and both the employees and employers should take action to ensure everyone has the correct training. 2.1- describe dilemmas that may arise between the duty of care and an individuals rights with certain individuals the duty of care may restrict them on doing things they have the right to do, things that in some instances will help them to become more independent, for example if a resident has the capacity and physical ability to cook a meal but has never done so, there is risk of them burning themselves but why should they not be allowed? This is when the correct safety precautions and risk assessments should take place. 2.2- explain where to get additional support and advice about how to resolve such dilemmas the following people may provide help with such problems but proper precautions must be taken to ensure safety The person’s family and friends colleagues GP Care professionals Advocates Union official Regulators 3.1 describe how to respond to complaints 3.2 identify main points of agreed procedures for handling complaints in my place of work we use the NHS easy read complaints procedure that is available to all residents in the home and has been made very simple so that anyone that is unhappy is
Providers and care workers must always take reasonable care. This means you must: keep your knowledge and skills up to date provide a service of no less quality than that to be expected, based on the skills, responsibilities and range of activities within your particular work or profession be in a position to know what must be done to ensure that the service is provided safely keep accurate and up-to-date records of
------------------------------------------------- 1.2: Ensure your actions promote the safety, welfare and interest of all people using the service by doing the following: Follow the GSCC Codes of practice, which set out what care workers must do to help promote the duty of care. Also ensure you maintain your knowledge and skills. Moreover do not cause harm and protect people from harm. Finally adhere to workplace policies and procedures. ------------------------------------------------- 2.1 * If there is a conflict about a person who refuses to a have a treatment, it can make a big dilemma between the organization and the wishes of the person.
Answer: Duty of care means that al health and social care professional and organisation providing health and care service, must act in the best interest of the people they support. As a health care professional you have to ensure that you do not do something or fail to do something that cause harm or leaves the individual to exploitation. Your duty of care underpins everything that you do. It is what underlines the code of practice. Duty of care is also a legal requirement, and is tested in court in case of negligence or malpractice.