Guidelines And Protocols For Health And Social Care Sector

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'Are Guidelines and Protocols an effective way to ensure that we "get care right?" ' Guidelines and protocols are used throughout the health and social care sector. The Open University (2014) defines protocol as 'a set of formal rules or guidelines for practice '. This essay looks at whether guidelines and protocols are effective in ensuring care is safe, compassionate, caring and responsive. A way of providing care that helps, and not harms an individual. This essay is divided into three main sections. It will first consider evidence-based protocols and guidelines, who writes them, and how they are received. It will also look at possible implementation barriers. Secondly it will look at the lack of individuality within guidelines and…show more content…
This pathway gives staff structure, support and professional integrity. Additionally, The Royal College of nursing, SCIE, and primary care trusts are all involved in the development of protocols and guidelines. This does however indicate that no service users are involved in the creation process, possibly resulting in service and organisational focused guidelines. Successfully implementing protocols has its barriers. The Open University, (K101 Introduction to Health and Social Care, Resources, 2014) highlights several problematic factors including, limited resources, staff shortages and equipment and medical supply problems. However, once implemented successfully these policies may help to manage risk, control budgets and reduce litigation. Protocol and guidance writers are increasingly using evidence based practices within the development stage. Using guidance based on evidence assists health and social care professionals keep up to date, and prevents the need for vasts amount of personal research. Moreover, service users are more likely to accept advice given with the credence of evidence. The Open University (2014), (K101 Introduction to Health and Social care, Block 4, Making Care Safer, 2015) shows some practical information, from NICE, on managing children with nocturnal enuresis. The evidence based information provides a pathway for care workers to follow. However, evidence
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