Nvq Level 3 Health and Social Care Promoting Good Practice Essay

749 WordsMay 6, 20133 Pages
1.1 Identify legislation and codes of practice that relate to handling information in health and socail care Within the health and social care setting there are numerous peices of legislation and codes of practice designed to protect individuals.These are there to protect from breaches of confidentiality were the information held on that individual is only viewed by staff directly involved in their care. The Data Protection Act 1998 is a piece of legislation which defines the law on processing data of people living within the United Kingdom. One of the central codes of practice in health and social care has been provided by the GSCC and it sets standards of practice and behaviour for staff working in that field, including standards…show more content…
2.1 Describe the features of manual and electronic information storage syatems that help ensure security A manual storage system is what we currently use. This is hand written care plans which are stored in the office for ease of access by staff. When the care plans need to be secured, staff close the office door which is code activated and this prevents individuals other than staff from viewing the personal care plans. An electronic system is usually password protected which ensures only specific staff can access the information. 2.3 Maintain records that are up to date, complete, accurate and legible Staff are required to make an entry in to an individuals care plan once in twelve hours. This entry is in the daily life and review and will contain details regarding medication administration, dietary and fluid intake, elimination, mobility, mood, behaviour exhibited and any changes or deteriation of the individual. There is also a requirement to record visits from doctors, nurses and other health proffessionals. It is a requirement that all hand written records must be written in black ink, clear and concise and contain only facts, no personal opinions are to be recorded in care plans as this is deemed unnecessary. 3.1 Support others to understand the need for secure handling of information When working it is good practice to ensure during handovers that only the staff working are present and not
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