Promote Good Practice in Handling Information in Health and Social Care Settings

1259 WordsMay 1, 20126 Pages
PROMOTE GOOD PRACTICE IN HANDLING INFORMATION IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE SETTINGS LEARNING OUTCOME 1 UNDERSTAND REQUIREMENTS FOR HANDLING INFORMATION IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE SETTINGS The following are current legislation and codes of practice that relate to handling information in health and social care. They also summarise the main points of legal requirements for handling information. • THE DATA PROTECTION ACT 1998 – The Data Protection Act 1998 is a piece of legislation which defines the law on processing data of people living within the United Kingdom. The Data Protection Act 1998 is set out in eight principles: 1. Personal data must be processed fairly and lawfully. 2. Personal data must only be obtained for the…show more content…
This is helpful when thinking about person centered care. • Risks – Allergies, behavior, infection control alerts. LEARNING OUTCOME 2 BE ABLE TO IMPLEMENT GOOD PRACTICE IN HANDLING INFORMATION Records are kept to promote, provide and improve the care provided for patients. They are also used for audits and quality assurance carried out by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Records contain very sensitive personal information; they are regarded as legal documents and are a legal requirement to be kept. All information written in files should always be clear, useful and relevant. Do not include anything irrelevant or opinions that are not backed up by facts. Only the patient whose notes you are writing in should be written about and all entries should be clear, factual and true. MANUAL INFORMATION STORAGE SYSTEMS – These are systems which do not use any computerised device. All data would usually be kept on paper in a manual filing system. The most common type of file used is a brown manila folder which would contain all documents fastened inside. Other types would be ring binders, lever-arc files and computer printouts which have been bound. All files in a manual storage system have to be organised and stored to make them easily accessible. If there are not too many files that need to be organised an alphabetical system may be used. All files would be stored in a lockable filing cabinet or cupboard. Files
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