As a support worker I have responsibility towards general health and safety of any client I come into contact with, myself and other staff I work alongside. With regards to myself I follow our lone working procedure in order to maintain my own personal safety and that of others. We have reviewed a number of policies relating to health and safety in the wake of the Mental Health Matters murder of Ashley Ewing and our policies now in general have been altered to incorporate some of the recommendations as passed along from this and through our Health and Safety Representative (Danny Connolly), who always keeps us in the loop with regards to any changes in legislation as well. The employer or manager in the organisation has an overarching responsibility with regards to maintaining health and safety of all of the employees working for the organisation. From the perspective of a service manager he or she would have responsibility for all of the employees under his or her remit (and all service users and property by proxy).
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives individuals the right to ask organisations about all the information they have about them. 1.2 Q: Explain why it is important to have secure systems for recording and storing information in a health and social care setting. A: It is important to have secure systems for recording and storing information so that individuals and staff's private information will be protected from unauthorised viewing. It is to comply with legislation and it is the right of individuals and staff to have their private information protected. It is important to ensure information is accessible to those who need to know it.
For example if a individual is at risk or if they have been given new medication etc., any other information on a individual should be kept confidential, some locked away just for managers. Service user files at houses should be available for them to look at and staff and should be updated accordingly. Health and social care Act 2012- this is an act of the parliament of the United Kingdom, it provides for the most extensive organisation of the structure of the National Health Service in England. Human Rights Act 1998- It came in force in the United Kingdom in October 2000, it gives you the right to defend your rights in the UK courts and that public organisations, including the government, the police and local councils must treat everyone equally, with fairness, dignity and respect. There are also the Data protection principles, these are: 1.
* “Use the minimum necessary re patient’s identifiable information”: Where the use of patient’s identifiable information is considered to be essential, only record relevant information that is required or requested. * “Access to patient identifiable information should be on a strict need to know basis”: Only relevant staff that need to access clients records should have access to the relevant information they require. Policies and procedures should be in place to protect clients privacy and if this violated action must be taken. * “Everyone with access to patient identifiable information should be aware of their responsibilities”: Staff must be aware of their responsibility and obligations to respect patient/client’s confidentiality. A confidentiality agreement should be signed by staff.
iHCA230 April 13, 2011 Lisa Keener HIPAA Evaluation The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was established in 1996 to protect health care coverage and to increase privacy of personal health care information. HIPAA has pros and cons. The following is a brief description of these pros and cons as perceived by the writer. Pro #1 Consumers of health care have privacy over who is allowed to view their medical history and information. Some individuals have medical information that could be detrimental to being hired or keeping employment if their medical history were available to the hiring organization.
There are so many things that the Medical Law and Ethics course has covered that pertains to the healthcare field. This includes situations that have to do with patients, healthcare workers, laws & procedures, and patient confidentiality, which I will now tell about briefly. The Medical Law and Ethics course has covered many situations pertaining to the relationships between healthcare workers and patients. Healthcare workers must make sure that a patient understands any procedures that they may be given, and they must have the patient’s consent to give the procedure. If the consent is not given by a patient the practice, physician, or the healthcare worker can be held liable in a lawsuit.
UNIT 4223-363 COLLATE AND CUMMUNICATE HEALTH INFORMATION TO INDIVIDUALS There is lots of legislation in place regarding updating and maintaining health records. The current legislation applicable to my role are: Information Governance Information governance is a mandatory to all organisations who hold health information on patients. This information covers confidentiality, data protection, information security freedom and records management. The information governance framework makes sure that all NHS organisations are clear about expected standards and all staff understands their own responsibility. My responsibility is to maintain and update patents records, ensuring that the information stays confidential and is locked away securely.
1.2 Explain why it is important to have secure systems for recording and storing information in a health and social care setting There are many reasons why the recording and storage of information is important. One of which is the legislations which all care homes have to adhere to. More reasons include protecting confidentiality; only individuals and those who have received their consent can access their personal information. You also preserve the rights of the service users by protecting their data. By storing data in systems that are password protected you make it so that only those who 'need to know' service users' personal information can see them.
4222-204/4222-304 Introduction to and principles for implementing duty SHC 24 /SHC 34 of care in health and social care settings 1.1 What do you understand by the term ‘duty of care’? 1.2 We all have a Duty of Care when delivering services to the service users in our care we must follow the General Social Care Council’s codes of practise, our own policies and procedures also legislations and Acts to set out the standards to which we are to follow. The GSCC regulates and controls the training and conduct of care workers and their employers and has a code of conduct which we are expected to follow. The care workers should • Protect the rights and promote the interests of the service users and support staff • Strive to establish and maintain the trust and confidence of the service users and staff • Promote the independence of service users whilst protecting them as far as possible from danger or harm • Respect the rights of service users whilst seeking to ensure that their behaviour does not harm themselves or others • Uphold public trust and confidence in social care services • Be accountable for the quality of their work and take responsibility for maintaining and improving their knowledge skills The employer should • Make sure that people are suitable to enter the workforce and understand their roles and responsibilities • Have written polices and procedures in place, to enable care workers to meet the FSCC code of practise • Provide training and development opportunities to enable care workers to strengthen and develop their skills and knowledge • Put into place and implement written procedures to deal with dangerous, discriminatory or exploitive behaviour and practise • Promote the GSCC codes of practise to care workers, service users and carers and co-operate with GSCC proceedings. The Health and Safety at work Act 1974 sets out the
The workers at a health care facility can definitely be a security breach. In order to prevent this, they should be trained on the new regulations and company policies. Health care providers who see patients will be required to obtain consent before sharing information for treatment, payment and health care operations (Gue, 2002). Additionally, separate patient authorization must be obtained for non-routine disclosures and most non-health care purposes. Patients will have the right to restrict the use of these disclosures (Balezentis & Halterman, 2002).