1.1 Identify legislation and codes of practice that relate to handling information in health and social care The Data Protection Act 1998 is a key piece of legislation to ensure people's rights regarding the confidentiality of their personal information. It highlights 8 principles that define good practice when handling someone else's personal data and breaching these principles can lead to serious legal implications. In health and social care many policies and procedures are based on the principles of the Data Protection Act to ensure that client details remain confidential. The Human Rights Act 1998 also states the right to a private life. The right to have one's private life respected also includes that private and confidential information gets respected and that details are shared and stored in accordance with strict rules and regulations.
Sectors covered by this Act are , government departments, local assemblies, councils, local authorities, health care trusts, hospitals, doctors surgeries, police, colleges and universities, non-department public bodies, commitees and advisory bodies. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the guidance about compliance, it explains all essential and expected standards of quality and safety. It is a guide which is a guide to help providers of Health and social care to comply with Health and social care Act 2008. In outcome 21 it explains how records should be kept securely and can be located promptly when required. It expresses how important accurate record keeping is a must.
General Social Care Council (GSCC) Codes of Practice: These set out the standards of practice that everyone who works in social care should meet. With regard to handling information the Codes state that: -Social care employers must have written policies in place to help social care workers meet the GSCC’s Code of Practice for Social Care Workers, including policies on confidentiality. - Social care workers must protect the rights of the people they support, including their right to privacy. - Respect confidential information and be able to explain their workplace’s policies about confidentiality to the people they support, their family and friends. Question 1b (Weighting: 5) Summarise the main points of legal requirements and codes of practice for handling information in health and social care.
Unit 4222-209 - Handle Information In Health & Social Care Settings (HSC 028) Outcome 01 1.1. Legislation relating to the recording, storing & sharing of information are as follows; * Data protection act 1998 * Freedom of information act 2000 * Access to personal files act 1987 * Confidentiality of personal information 1988 * Police and criminal evidence act 1984 S17 * The care homes policies & procedures * Care standards act 2000 1.2. It is important that you have secure systems for recording & storing information in a health & social care setting as once something is recorded in any way, whether that be written down or entered onto a computer it becomes a permanent record of a personal piece of information of an individual & is regulated by government legislation & for this reason you must be very careful with what you do with it & how you, as he information holder, store it. All personal information of an individual must be stored locked away safely & securely & you must never take an individual’s personal information outside of the setting in which it has been recorded for or leave anywhere where another individual who is not authorised to can view it freely. The personal information of an individual can contain very private & personal things that if another individual got their hands on or if I was lost could be detrimental to the individual whose personal information it is for example; an individual’s personal information could include; * Medical history – if an individual’s medical history was lost due to failure to store it properly & the individual was rushed into hospital it could severely delay their treatment, them end up getting the wrong treatment as doctors could not know what was wrong but if they had the individuals person information could tell straight away they
1.1. Identify legislation and codes pf practice that relate to handling information in social care setting There is a legislation Act called the data protection Act 1995, this gives an individual the right to see all the information recorded about them, this includes the individual seeing their own medical records or social services files. The information Act 2000 amended January 2005 has provided an individual to access general information held by public authorities, including local authorities and the National Health Service. Confidentiality Health and Social Care Act 2000, this is so an individual’s information is kept confidential, unless in some circumstances information is past on. For example if a individual is at risk or if they have been given new medication etc., any other information on a individual should be kept confidential, some locked away just for managers.
1.2 Explain why it is important to have secure systems for recording and storing information in a health and social care setting There are many reasons why the recording and storage of information is important. One of which is the legislations which all care homes have to adhere to. More reasons include protecting confidentiality; only individuals and those who have received their consent can access their personal information. You also preserve the rights of the service users by protecting their data. By storing data in systems that are password protected you make it so that only those who 'need to know' service users' personal information can see them.
Promote good practice in handling information in health and social care settings. 1.1 Identify legislation and codes of practice and relate to handling information in heath and social care. The Data Protection Act 1998 is a key piece of legislation to ensure people's rights regarding the confidentiality of their personal information. It highlights 8 principles that define good practice when handling someone else's personal data and breaching these principles can lead to serious legal implications. In health and social care many policies and procedures are based on the principles of the Data Protection Act to ensure that client details remain confidential.
UNIT 4223-363 COLLATE AND CUMMUNICATE HEALTH INFORMATION TO INDIVIDUALS There is lots of legislation in place regarding updating and maintaining health records. The current legislation applicable to my role are: Information Governance Information governance is a mandatory to all organisations who hold health information on patients. This information covers confidentiality, data protection, information security freedom and records management. The information governance framework makes sure that all NHS organisations are clear about expected standards and all staff understands their own responsibility. My responsibility is to maintain and update patents records, ensuring that the information stays confidential and is locked away securely.
This information can come in a range of ways, such as, - verbally (conversations, face to face or telephone) - on paper (Letter, individuals health records or instructions from health professionals) How to ensure records are stored securely Storing confidential paper records · Keep confidential records in locked storage cabinets or rooms. · Nominate a person who is responsible for holding keys to locked cabinets or rooms or store keys in a key safe with a nominated person in possession of key to safe. · Label the key with a number or
Unit 4222-307 Handle information in health and social care setting also covering: Certificate in Induction into Adult Social Care: Unit 307 Unit 4222-307 Handle information in health and social care setting also covering: Certificate in Induction into Adult Social Care: Unit 307 Outcome 1 Understand the requirements for the handling of information in health and social care settings 1.1. Identify and summarise the main points of the legislation and codes of practice that relate to the recording, storage and sharing of information in health and social care. (Dip 1.1 and 1.2) Legislation acts include Human Rights Act 1998, Data Protection Act 1998, Freedom of Information Act 2000, The Health & Social Care Act 2001 and amendments in years 2006 and 2008 - Essential standards, Mental Capacity Act 2005, The Access to Medical Reports Act1988 Codes of Practice include NISCC and RQIA Codes of Practice, also internal/Home policies relating to the subject. All of the above pieces of legislation cover matters of confidentiality, data protection, information sharing, safeguarding and discrimination. According to the legislation, all records kept should be maintained up to date, complete, accurate and legible - meaning that documents should be signed, accurate, dated, completed following the agreed methods, clear in meaning, language used should be appropriate and when necessary anonymity preserved.