TASK A –LETTER
Duty of care means that all Health and Social care professionals and organisations providing Health and Social care services, must act in the best interests of the people they support/work with also do everything in their power to keep the people they support from harm and exploitation as a career you have a duty to act only within your own competence and not to do anything you are not confident with, it is what underlies the codes of practise and it should be built into your practise on a day to day level. Exercising your duty of care is also a legal requirement, and is tested in court in the event of a case of negligence or malpractice.
People have the right to expect that when a professional is providing support, they will be treated fairly, respect is given, they will be kept safe and not exposed to any unnecessary risks and not to be neglected. Having a duty of care towards people you work with is not unique to social care, this includes anyone from teacher to doctor. Thinking about the duty of care you owe to people is helpful when you are planning your day to day work in Health and Social industry It makes you consider whether what you’re planning to do is in the best interests of the person you are working with.
This is not only about physical risks you also have a duty of care to treat people with dignity and respect and to treat the person as an individual.
There are many difficulties when exercising my duty of care and upholding Mrs Ahmed’s right to choose. Mrs Ahmed is well within her right to choose the foods she eats even if this conflicts her dietary needs.
However I still have a duty of care towards Mrs Ahmed, I would encourage Mrs Ahmed to eat more suitable foods and explain why and what foods would benefit her dietary needs.
If Mrs Ahmed has the mental capacity to make decisions for herself, then I cannot refuse to get what she’s asked for in her shopping.
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