Unit 9 Essay

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Unit 9 Understanding requirements for 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 Data Protection Act 1998 - This Law protects personal privacy and maintains individual's rights, it gives rights to the people that the information is about. Data subjects it puts obligations to the people who hold the information. If you do not abide by this law it is a criminal offence and will be prosecuted. Freedom of Information Act 2000 - Is an Act of Parliament of the Parliament of the United Kingdom that creates a public "right of access" to information held by public authorities. It is the implementation of freedom of information legislation in the United Kingdom on a national level. Health & Social Care Act 2008 Care Quality Commission (CQC) 'Essential Standards of Quality & Safety’ Outcome 21 deals with individuals personal records, including medical records, these should be kept up to date accurate, kept safe and confidential. 1.2 Explain how legal requirements and codes of practice inform practice in handling information. It is important that I have a secure system for recording and storing of information in a health and social care setting, as I am providing a duty of care to my clients. I must make sure that no one can access others information and records apart from persons who have the authorisation to do so, otherwise it may fall into the wrong hands and be used against them by carrying out fraudulent activity. It is imperative for the care worker to abide by the policies of confidentiality and follow the legislation of the Data Protection Act 1998. 2.1 Describe features of manual and electronic information storage systems that help ensure security? I could use a manual security storage system which could be files, records paperwork
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