Unit 307 Promoting Good Practice in Handling Information in Health and Social Care Setting

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Unit 4222-307 Promote good practice in handling information in health and social care setting. 1. Understand requirements for handling information in health and social care setting. 1.1 Identify legislation and codes of practice that relate to handling information in health and social care. There are several different legislation and codes of practice; * The Data Protection Act 1998 – This is a key piece of in legislation to peoples rights of confidentiality on there own personal information. Breaching these principals can lead to serious legal implications. * Care Quality Commission (CQC) ‘Essential Standards of quality and safety’, Outcome 21 deals with records. – Service users records are accurate, filled in properly and fit for purpose. Held securely and remain confidential. It is the same for other records that are needed to protect the service users safety and wellbeing. * Freedom of Information Act 2000 – It provided pubic access to information held by pubil authorities. It does this in two ways: Public authorities are obliged to publish certain information about their activities; and members of the public are entitled to request information from public authorities. * The General Social Care Council (GSCC) ‘Codes of Practice’ – 1.2 Summarise the main points of legal requirements and codes of practice for handling information in health and social care. The 8 priciples of Data Protection Act 1998 states the personal must be: Fairly and lawfully processed Processed for limited purposes Adequate, relevant and not excessive for the purpose Accurate and kept up to date Not kept for longer than necessary Processed in accordance with the data subjects rights Kept secure Not transferred to countries without adequate protection 2. Be able to implement good practice in handling

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