Understand the Need for Secure Handling of Information in Health and Social Care Settings

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UNIT: 4222-209 OUTCOME: 1.1 – 2.2 1.1 There are several legislations and codes of practice that relates to handling information. The Data protection Act 2008 is a law that protects personal privacy and upholds individuals rights. This Act gives rights to the people the information is about and puts requirements and limitations on the people holding the information. Non-compliance to this Act is a criminal offence. The freedom of information Act 2000 is the Act that gives you the right to ask any public body for all information they have on the chosen subject. Unless there is a good reason, the organisation must provide information within 20 days. You can also request information they hold on you. Some information might be held to protect various interests which are allowed by the Act. The holding authority must explain why they have withheld information. Sectors covered by this Act are: government departments, local assemblies, councils, local authorities, health care trusts, hospitals, doctors surgeries, police, colleges and universities, non-department public bodies, commitees and advisory bodies. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) monitors the guidance about compliance, it explains all essential and expected standards of quality and safety. It is a guide to help providers of Health and social care to comply with the Health and social care Act 2008. In outcome 21 it explains how records should be kept securely and can be located promptly when required. It expresses that important accurate record keeping is a must. The general Social care council (GSCC) codes of practice Also explains how to maintain clear and accurate records as required by procedures established for your work. It also explains about respecting confidential information and clearly explaining agency policies about confidentiality to service users and carers. As well as the
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