Diploma Level 5 in Leadership for Health and Social Care

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Unit 503 – champion equality, diversity and inclusion
1.1 Explain the models of practice that underpin equality, diversity and inclusion in own area of responsibility There are two models that link with equality, diversity and inclusion, the first one is the social model of disability which views discrimination and prejudice as being embedded in today’s society, their attitude’s and their surrounding environment. The social model focuses on who the adult is as person not what their disability or diagnosis is, the focus is on how to improve and empower the individual’s life and lead a more independent life as possible. The second model is the medical model of disability which views adults has having an impairment or lacking in some way, this model focuses on impairments that the adult has and finding and acknowledging ways to correct them. The client group at my current place of work are adults with mild learning disability and some of the residents have a dual diagnosis of mental health issues as well. Both the social and medical model has an impact on their daily life. The home’s ethos is to empower the residents and in able them to lead a normal life as possible. This is done by providing and engaging them in their own individualised care plans and asking their opinions on what they like how they like it etc. allowing them to make informed choices for them self and whether they have the capacity to make these decisions. 1.2 Analyse the potential effects of barriers to equality and inclusion in own area of responsibility The potential effects that the residents will experience in this care setting are prejudice and discrimination. Prejudice happens when society lacks education and the understanding of different cultures and how society looks at it. Prejudice begins by making assumptions of a certain client group i.e. people with learning disability and mental health issues are put into a certain box. Another example would be if an adult had a disability like epilepsy, and an adult who has schizophrenia may be thought to be a serial killer, these types of interpretations cause stigma. Some of the residents with experience discrimination; this will be due to race, culture, social background and sexual orientation. Our residents can experience direct and indirect discrimination, i.e. wanting to get a part time job; this is direct discrimination because of their disability or their type of diagnosis. Indirect discrimination can be difficult to spot and can be as simple as not accepting a resident on admission to the home due to being a certain religion. These barriers can hinder and have a negative effect on their overall health and well-being, and may experience depression, loss of self-esteem, disempowerment, anger and lack of motivation with in them. 1.3 Analyse the impact of legislation and policy initiatives on the promotion of equality, diversity and inclusion in own area of responsibility Following the legislations and policies in our care home is very important and essential. The staff need to be aware of the importance and the quality of life it brings to the residents, by involving them in their own care planning and treating them as individuals , respecting for who they are despite race and culture. It is my responsibility as a manager to implement this policy and to educate the staff with in the home to reduce or eliminate any discrimination that the residents are subjected to. I have attached two home policies 1- fair access, diversity and inclusion 2- Equality and diversity. By not following the correct policies it allows for institutionalisation to happen and best practice it’s not being applied. 2.1 Promote equality, diversity and inclusion in policy and practice The skills that are required to ensure that all staff promote equality, diversity and making sure the residents are included in their decisions and being a valued member of society. These skills consist...
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