Principles of implementing duty of care in health, social care or in young peoples settings
(i) Potential conflicts or dilemmas that may arise between the duty of care and an individuals rights
In situations where there is a conflict of interest or a dilemma between an individual’s rights and your duty of care, it is best practice to make sure the individual is aware of the consequences of their choice that they have the mental capacity to understand the risks involved in their choice.
It is their right as an individual to be able to make informed choices about their own lives even if you disagree with their choice. It is the right of every individual in your care to make choices and take risks. It is my role to assist them in making those choices and reducing the risks without compromising their rights.
Finally an individuals rights my be restricted by a duty of care if their behaviour presents a serious risk of harm themselves or to other people.
(ii) How to manage risks associated with conflicts or dilemmas between an individuals rights and the duty of care
If individuals insist on doing something that you disagree with, you can only advise and encourage them. You cannot force them to do anything.
For example: If an individual refuses to take medication and their well-being depends on this medication, you cannot force them to take the medication. You should immediately contact you supervisor / manager and seek advice. You should also make sure you record what has happened (we do this in PPS sheets log books and ahndovers verbally) and the action taken.
Task 2 (b)
(i) Explain where to get additional support and advice about conflicts and dilemmas
I would always seek advice from my manager /On call facility in relation to problem and use best practise guidlines on site for each dilemma occuring.
In the work place i would follow policy and guidlines from work for both reporting...