Unit 16 Essay

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UNIT 16 : UNDERSTANDING HOW TO HANDLE INFORMATION IN A SOCIAL CARE SETTINGS. 1.1.1 Identify legislation and codes of practice that relate to handling information in social care settings. * The Data Protection Act 1998 * The Health and Social Care Act 2008 * The Freedom of Information Act 2000 1.1.2 Explain how legal requirements and codes of practice inform practice in handling information. The main points of legal requirements and codes of practice for handling information in health and social care is so that all information is kept safe from anyone that is not authorized to see it, this should be done by using a locked cabinet for example. Passing information to unauthorised people could lead to disciplinary action. 2.2.1 Explain how to maintain records that are up to date, complete, accurate and legible. When maintaining records you need to make sure that the information is recorded as soon as possible using black ink, the information should be accurate and written in as much detail as you can. If any mistakes are made they should be crossed out with just one line through them so that the error can still be seen, once also information is up to date it should be signed and dated, also if there are any ongoing assessments or reviews needed, you should make a note of the review timescale to ensure you keep all information up to date. 2.2.2 Describe practices that ensure security when storing and accessing information. Practices that ensure security of information include : correct storage of records – records should be stored in locked cabinets where possible , ensuring no one can hear confidential information i.e. phone calls – this can be done by making sure doors are closed, make sure you return all records to the correct storage place and never remove them from the workplace, reporting any issues –

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