Unit 308 Promote Good Practice in Handling Information in Health and Social Care Setting

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Unit 038 Promote good practice in handling information in health and social care setting Outcome 1 1.1 Identify legislation and codes of practice that relate to handling information in health and social care Three of the current legislation and codes of practice that relate to handling information in health and social care seems to be most important. They are as follows: The Human Rights Act 1998 (article 8) Article 8 outlines the right to respect for private and family life. The Data Protection Act The Data Protection Act (1998) makes provision for the regulation of the processing of information relating to individuals, including the obtaining, holding, use or disclosure of such information. Report on the review of patient-identifiable information – Caldicott Report (1997). The Caldicott Report set out general principles which should be used by health and social care organisations when reviewing use of service user information. Information: to share or not to share – Caldicott2 Review (2013) The Caldicott2 Review looked into the balance between protecting patient information and its sharing, to improve patient care General Medical Council – Confidentiality: Protecting and Providing Information (2009) The document outlines the parameters of a doctor’s duty to protect patient confidentiality. It highlights issues like: patients’ right to confidentiality; protecting information; sharing information with patients; the circumstances under which disclosure of information may be made (e.g. with the patient’s explicit or implied consent; those dictated by law; and disclosures in the public interest); disclosure after a patient’s death; and disclosure in relation to treatment sought by children and those who are mentally incompetent. NHS Code of Practice. Department of Health (2003).
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