Understand How Duty of Care Contributes to Safe Practice

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1.1 Explain what it means to have a duty of care in own work role In my role as a nursing assistant on an all-male Dementia ward, it is my duty to ensure that all patients in my care are having their wellbeing and needs met to the best of my ability. Which includes keeping them safe from harm. This could be from other patients, staff, carers or family. Also promoting their rights, independence and giving them choices, where possible about their care. In my work role I also have a responsibility to provide a duty of care to all patients receiving care. This is `The legal obligation to safeguard others from harm while they are in your care, using your services or exposed to your activities`. (Collins 2015) I am required to work to an excellent standard and quality of care, adhering to my organisations policies in my everyday practice. The trust value that I meet are; `We put our patients at the centre of everything we do’ `We focus on our people’ `We involve our people in making decisions’ and `We deliver excellence’ (Trust values booklet.) I am expected to ensure that all patients are treated fairly and with dignity and respect, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and diagnosis, and always act in the best interests of the individual whilst allowing them to be as independent as possible. I assist with activities of daily living, giving them choices regarding their care, such as what food they would like to eat or what clothing they would like to wear. Observation skills are very important when taking care of vulnerable adults, such as listening, paying attention to detail, being vigilant and aware of surroundings. Looking for triggers in patients that may lead to aggressive or agitated behaviours. 1.2 Explain how duty of care contributes to the safeguarding or protection of individuals Having a duty means that it is

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