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 for handling information and maintaining confidentiality.
1.2 Summarise the main points of legal requirements and codes of practice for handling information in health and social care
The 8 Principles of the Data Protection Act 1998 states the personal data must be : Processed fairly and lawfully
Processed only for one or more specified and lawful purpose
Adequate, relevant and not excessive for the purpose
Accurate and kept up to date
Kept for no longer than is necessary
Processed in line with the rights of the individual
Secure against accidential loss, destruction or damage and against unauthorised / unlawful processing Not tranferred to countries outside the european economic area
The six main points of the gscc code of practice states individuals working in health and social care settings must Protect the rights and promote the interests of service users and carers Strive to establish and maintain the trust and confidence of service users and carers
Promote the independence of service users while protecting them as far as possible from danger or harm. Respect the rights of service users while seeking to ensure that their behaviour does not harm themselves or other people.
Uphold public trust and confidence...
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