It is a legal requirement to follow agreed ways of working.
Policies and procedures or "agreed ways of working" set out how we your employer require you to work. They incorporate various pieces of legislation as well as best practice. They are there to benefit and protect you, the individuals you support and us your employer. They enable you to provide a good quality service working within the legal framework and most importantly aim to keep you and the individuals you support, safe from danger or harm.
To implement agreed ways of working you follow the Policies and Procedures and the service users care plan, where the management of the individual's daily care needs are agreed and documented. It is extremely important to have up to date agreed ways of working as there may be changes in policies within the law. Our company may have to implement them to help protect the vulnerable. You have a duty to keep service users safe by following policies, procedures and working within your job role.
Each job title entails particular duties and responsibilities. Within each position there are routine tasks and activities and expectations. Individuals will be specifically trained to perform the responsibilities of their role. And each role involves limits. Every worker is expected to limit herself or himself to the usual and customary activities involved in the fulfillment of their role. Think about what could happen if you did something that was outside your job role. E.G suppose you administered medication before you had been trained, what could happen, both to your service user and to you? Your contract will stipulate your responsibilities. It could lead to your dismissal if you exceed your role & level of ability when this leads to gross errors.