Pwcs 38 – Understand How to Handle Information in a Social Care Setting

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Unit 9. Promote Good Practice in Handling Information in Health & Social Settings PWCS 38 – Understand How to Handle Information in a Social Care Setting

Identify the legislation and codes of practice within your care of environment that relate to handling information. Legislation and codes of practice that relate to handling information in social care settings e.g. Data Protection Act 1998, Freedom of Information Act 2000, The Health and Social Care Act 2001 (and subsequent amendments in 2006 and 2008), Human Rights Act 1998, Mental Capacity Act 2005, The Access to Medical Reports Act 1988 legal requirements and codes of practice for handling information e.g safe storage, need to know basis, recording must comply with policy and guidance, roles and responsibilities, agreement of person involved, use of terminology, dated/signed, disclosure, freedom of information legislation and data protection.

Summarise the main points of legal requirements and codes of practice for handling information in your work environment.

* To maintain records that are up to date, complete, accurate and legible e.g.: recording, signed, accurate, dated, agreed methods, clarity, language used, anonymity

* To ensure security when storing and accessing information e.g.: recording information–clarity, factual, signed, dated, using agreed formats, forms, recording documents. Storing information-secure, access, password, need to know. Sharing information-need to know, confidentiality, clarification on sharing, procedures, protocols

* Features of manual and electronic information storage systems that help ensure security e.g passwords, filing, keys, codes, terminology, encryption, separate drives, storage areas, authorisation

* The ability to access guidance, information and advice about handling information e.g.: agreed ways of working, policies, procedures and codes of practice for handling information, understanding roles and responsibilities in relation to handling...
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