Understand how duty of care contributes to safe practice Know how to address dilemmas that may arise between an individuals rights and the duty of care Know how to recognise and handle comments and complaints Know how to recognise and handle incidents errors and Duty of Care is defined simply as a legal obligation to Always act in the best interest of individuals and others Not act or fail to act in a way that results in harm Act within your competence and not take on anything you do not believe you can safely do. As a care worker you owe a duty of care to the people you support your colleagues your employer yourself and the public interest. Everyone has a duty of care – it is not something that you can opt out of.
| | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | 204-1.2, 304 – 1.2 | | Question 2:Explain what it means to have ‘duty of care’ in your job role. | | | It means making sure that I provide a good quality and standard of care. It is my duty to | | | take care of vulnerable clients and to make sure that their needs and welfare are being | | | looked after. I also make sure that service users are treated with care and respect, and | | | that they are protected from any harm or abuse that may happen, and that they are | | | given choices. It also my role to make sure that my duty is carried out safely and | | | effectively in line with the organisation’s policies and procedures.
My employer also has a duty of care for staff members, to ensure that working conditions are safe, and suitable to deliver the service. ← describe how the duty of care affects own work role As a care practitioner , you have a duty of care towards the people you provide care or support for in your work role. This means that you are expected to: >put the needs and interests of those you provide care for at the centre of your thinking and practice >ensure that what you choose to do -or choose not to do- does no harm to those you provide care for. Care practitioners are accountable to their employer and to the law for providing care an support that is safe and wich promotes the health and wellbeing of the
They enable you to provide a good quality service working within the legal framework and most importantly aim to keep you and the individuals you support, safe from danger or harm. To implement agreed ways of working you follow the Policies and Procedures and the service users care plan, where the management of the individual's daily care needs are agreed and documented. It is extremely important to have up to date agreed ways of working as there may be changes in policies within the law. Our company may have to implement them to help protect the vulnerable. You have a duty to keep service users safe by following policies, procedures and working within your job role.
It’s all about avoiding abuse and injury to individuals, their family, friends and their property. A duty of care includes respecting the person’s wishes and protecting and respecting their rights. It is your responsibility as a carer to: -protect the rights and promote the interests of individuals -establish and maintain the trust and confidence of individuals -promote the independence of the individual whilst keeping them out of harm or danger -respect the rights of individuals whilst ensuring their behaviour doesn’t harm themselves or anybody else -be accountable for the quality of their work and take responsibility for maintaining and improving your knowledge and skills. Your employers responsibilities are: -clearly defining jobs and undertaking risk assessments -ensuring a safe work environment -providing adequate training and feedback on performance -ensuring that staff do not work excessive hours -providing areas for rest and relaxation -protecting staff from bullying or harassment, either from colleagues or third parties -protecting staff from discrimination -providing communication channels for employees to raise concerns -consulting employees on issues which concern them. In holding your duty of care you may face some problems and a difficult situation, an individual has a right to make their own decisions, whilst you have a duty of care towards them.
One would be forgiven in assuming that the main responsibility for ensuring care is not poor quality, unsafe or abusive lies with solely with front line care workers, however, taking into consideration guidelines from the General Social Care Council and by looking from the sides of the service user, the care giver and the Employer of the care giver (presuming that the Employer is not directly employed by the service user) and investigating using legislation and relevant guidelines this essay will hopefully question the statement, provoke an argument for and against the statement and conclude. To look at the statement in its simplest form, the care workers on the front line are the care givers, they are employed to carry out a specific task
1.1 Define the term ‘duty of care’ In law a duty of care is a legal obligation on an individual to ensure that they follow a standard of reasonable care that could harm others. In the workplace the employer owes a duty of care to all employees and this is enforced legally with the Health and Safety at Work Act etc 1974 and other health and safety legislation. Duty of care in health and social care means the same but is more rigidly applied, you must do everything that you can to keep the people in your care safe from harm. It is not only the care establishment that needs to prioritise the health, safety and welfare and interests of the people using its services, but also the care workers of the establishment. It is a legal obligation which
It is also my responsibility to ensure that all company policies and procedures are carried out and to maintain records for the service delivered, along with responsibility for ensuring that my training needs are kept up-to-date so that I am at the level of standards required to undertake my role. Finally, it is my duty and responsibility to treat the individuals with respect and dignity at all times. 1.2 Protect the rights and promote the interests of the individual I support. Strive to establish and maintain the trust and confidence of the individual. Promote independence of the individual which protecting them as far as possible from danger or harm.
Unit 4223-307 Principles for Implementing Duty of Care Outcome 1 – Understand how duty of care contributes to safe practice 1. Explain what it means to have a duty of care in own work role The term ‘Duty of Care’ is a moral and legal requirement of health and social organisations whether it is carers, health professionals, or anyone providing health care services towards the people they look after. This means that they must do their duty to keep individuals in their care free from harm, safe from harm, treat with dignity and respect, and to give those individuals choice. Duty of care can be undertaken with watchfulness, attention, caution that a reasonable person in the same circumstances they are in would do. This is underpins everything that you do in your role.
They also have a moral and ethical duty not to cause, or fail to prevent, physical or psychological injury, and must fulfil their responsibilities with regard to personal injury and negligence claims. ( ACAS Definition- Duty of Care from an employer’s perspective) In my role, I act with a duty of care to the service user, ensuring that provision of care and support is conducted in a way that ensures safety 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. How this affects your work role? The duty of care I have in my job is to keep myself safe and my service user safe.