Duty Of Care Health And Social Care

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Unit 1
Principles for implementing duty of care in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings

1 Understand how duty of care contributes to safe practice

(a) What it means to have a duty of care in one’s own work role
A duty of care is a legal obligation to all Health and Social carers and professionals who have to act in the best interests of individuals and others, also not to act or fail to act in a way that results in harm.
This duty of care can be a general implied minimum standard of care or can be outlined in different codes of practice or guidelines in various legislation. This duty of care can also be more specific and defined in specific legislation for example Equality Act 2010 or the
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For example there is a set procedure if a person refuses to take their medication and all the steps and subsequent actions are detailed here to provide additional guidance. Similarly there is a set policy and procedure for any medication error. The support worker can refer to this document to find out who to contact, what to do, who to inform and what forms to fill.
If a support worker needs additional or professional advice the Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC)
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