Unit 4222-307 Essay

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Unit 4222-307 Promote good practice in handling information in health and social care settings 1.1 Identify legislation and codes of practice that relate to handling information in health and social care ¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬ The right to confidentiality is guaranteed partly by Data Protection Act (1998), partly by Human Rights Act (1998) and partly by principles established by judges on a case to case basis (Common Law). The Data Protection Act (1998) sets out 8 principles which are a code of good practice for processing personal data. My work place policies and procedures are based around these principles. The GSCC code of practice for social care workers, sets out the standards of practice and conduct workers and their employers should meet with regards to the handling of personal information. There is also the Caldicott Standards which govern the sharing of information, based on The Data Protection Act (1998). The Freedom of Information Act (2000) provides a general right of access to information held by Public Authorities. Anyone can request information from Public Authorities and has the right to be told if the Public Authority holds the information and if it does, be provided with that information. 1.2 Summarise the main points of legal requirements and code of practice for handling information in health and social care Data Protection Act (1998) Sets out 8 principles governing the use of personal information. These are:- • Personal data should be processed fairly and lawfully. • Personal data should be obtained only for one/more specified and lawful purpose. • Personal data should be adequate, relevant and not excessive. • Personal data should be accurate and where necessary, kept up to date. • Personal data processed for purpose/purposes should not be kept longer than necessary. • Personal data should be processed
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