1. Identify legislation and codes of practice that relate to handling information in health and social care.
All of the staff need to make sure that confidentiality is paramount. Staff have to read and understand the Data Protection Act of 1998. We have to make sure that we are clear about our standards of conduct, that we are expected to meet. We are encouraged to use the codes of conduct to maintain our own practice is good and we need to look at any area’s where we can improve on.
When it comes to Medication, staff have to make sure that all stock is listed on the MAR sheet.
The Human Rights Act 1998 details the right to a private life. There is also the GSCC code of practice for social care workers, which provides a clear guide for all those who work in social work, setting out the standards of practice and conduct workers and their employers should meet with regards the handling of information. There is also Caldecott standards which govern the sharing of information based on the Data protection Act.
2. Summarise the main points of legal requirements and codes of practice for handling information in health and social care.
DATA PROTECTION ACT 1998
This legal document sets out eight principles which are in essence a code of good practice for processing personal data. These are * Make sure that things are processed fairly and lawfully. * Processed only for one or more specified and lawful purpose. * Adequate, relevant and not excessive for those purposes. * Accurate and kept up to date - data subjects have the right to have inaccurate personal data corrected or destroyed if the personal information is...