Define the term ‘Duty of Care’ A duty of care is a legal obligation imposed on a carer requiring that they adhere to a good quality and standard of care. It is my duty to take care of vulnerable adults and to ensure that their needs and well-being are looked after. Although Health and Social Care Organisations have what is called ‘duty of care’ towards the people they look after, it is not only down to the care establishment to prioritise the safety, welfare and interests of the people using its services. It is also down to the care workers of the establishment. The employer also has a duty of care for staff members, to ensure that working conditions are safe, and suitable to deliver the service.
They also have to do everything in their power to keep people safe from harm and exploitation. As a care professional, you must ensure that you do not do something, or fail to do something, that causes harm to someone. You have a professional duty of care to act only within your own competence and not to take on something you are not confident about. Your duty of care underpins everything that you do; it is what underlies the code of practice and it should be built into your practice on a day to day level. Exercising your duty of care is also a legal requirement, you have to recognise that you are responsible for the welfare of a vulnerable person.
They benefit and protect me and enable me to provide a good quality of care to support individuals. 2.3 It is Important to have up to date agreed ways of working as there may be changes in policies within the law. My organisation may have to implement them to help protect the vulnerable It is very important that all the policies and procedures are reviewed regularly and in response to changes in law or practice standards. They should all be updated during
Unit 4222-204 Introduction to duty of care in health, social care or children’s, and young people’s settings Outcome 1 - Understand the implications of duty of care 1.1. Duty of care is the level of service that is expected, to be provided. In health care and social care, this may include to act in the best interests of individuals, to do not act in a way that could cause harm and always act within your own competence and do not do something which you cannot do safely. 1.2. The duty of care affects my own work role by following all policies and procedures set by Mirus, going on training days when needed, always ensuring the service users are safe within their environments and respecting the rights of each service user.
This could be from themselves or others so all tasks needs to be assessed prior to undertaking them to ensure the risks are reduced to the minimum level and that they receive the appropriate level of support. Aiii The duty of care is a guideline that is held within the care setting to ensure the care staff are aware of their responsibilities and know what is expected of them whilst they are promoting the well being of the individuals being supported. These guidelines are in place to protect individuals within the care setting whether it is a person living within the care setting or the support staff working within the organisation. Aiv Duty of care contributes to the safeguarding of individuals because it sets out the standards required to provide appropriate levels of care within the setting so that no harm comes to either the individual living within the setting or the staff supporting them e.g. complaints or accusations.
There is also the working relationship between you and the individuals you support or care for. You would also have working relationships with others that are involved in the individuals life’s like their family or professionals like their social workers or doctors. Outcome 2 1. It is important to adhere to the agreed scope of the job role to ensure that you are working in the way that you should be. You should follow all the correct policy’s and procedures to protect yourself and others.
Unit 205 Introduction to duty of care in health, social care or children’s and young people’s setting Outcome 1 Understand the implication of duty of care 1.1 Duty of care is essential to all roles within health and social care. Having duty of care is doing all that you reasonably can at all times to make sure you act in the best interests of those you support. Meaning you put the needs and interests of those you care for at the centre of your actions and thoughts, Always acting in a way to keep everyone safe and not put any one at risk of harm. Always reporting I come across a problem and maintaining confidentiality. 1.2 In my work role I have a duty of care to provide the best support for the people I care for by ensuring I have the correct training, knowledge and skills.
Policies and procedures are in place, so this prevents any unnecessary conflict in the adult care sector. These strict guidelines prevent people from working in ways that might distress or harm others within our adult care setting. 2.1 Working with adults has a significant duty of care. adults who are more vulnerable need greater care. The carers understanding to be able to for see and cope with potential dangers and have an understanding that their actions may hurt and upset others, also communication to be able to talk about the harm others may be doing to them.
Assignment 304 Task A Ai) What is meant by the term “duty of care” A duty of care is where the staff put the service user’s health and wellbeing first. It underlines the code of practice and should be built into your practice on a day to day level. Exercising duty of care is a legal requirement and would be tested in court in the event of negligence or malpractice. Aii) How the duty of care affects the work of a social care worker. Duty of care affects a social care worker by prompting the independence of the service user follow practice and procedures designed to keep you and others safe from violent and abusive behaviour at work.
As well as the necessary assessment of needs and circumstances, required outcome and timescales for carrying it out and reviewing; personal centred care plans will include much more information about the individuals desires relating to their care. It also includes details of how they want their care to be carried out, their interests, likes and dislikes, people who are important to them, their view on priorities of care and a balance between wants and needs. All these listed, will have been achieved in partnership with all necessary parties, with the individual at the centre. 2.1 The individual is at the heart of personal centred ways. To achieve a personal centred way you need to understand the individual.