Introduction to Duty of Care in Health and Social Care or Children's and Young People's Settings
1. Undestand the implications of Duty of Care.
1.1 Define the term "duty of care'.
Duty of care is an obligation that a person/healthcare worker acts towards others and public with watchfulness, attention and caution in a reasonable and civilized way. SU needs to know that his welfare, safety and interest are put in the centre of attention of any healthcare organisation.
1.2 Describe how duty of care affects own work role.
Every healthcare worker has a duty to act accordingly not just towards the clients but also their co-workers, other healthcare professionals and themselves.
- following GCSS Code of Practise
- keeping knowledge and skills up to date
- not undertaking procedures outside own competences
- acting in the best interest of clients
- ensuring health, safety, welfare of clients
- adhere to companies policies and procedures
2. Understand support available for addressing dilemmas that may arise about duty of care.
2.1 Describe dilemmas that may arise between the duty of care and an Individuals rights.
Despite all the efforts of healthcare providers to ensure an Individual recieves the best possible care there might arise conflicts and dilemmas between healthcare worker and SU. Those conflicts may include: refusing a meal, type of activity, refusing medication or a treatment.
Arising conflicts should be resolved as quickly as possible in a most satisfactory matter for both sides. The Human Rights Acts states that every person has the right to decide about own life, they can refuse the treatments and medication they recieve. It is essential to explain why they need that particular care and make them aware of pros and cons.
2.2 Explain where to get additional support and advice about how to resolve such dilemmas.
The Line Manager is the first person to turn to in any doubt. Family and friends of an Individual may be able to