Principles for implementing duty of care in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings R/601/1436
1. Understand how duty of care contributes to safe practice
1.1. Explain what it means to have a duty of care in own work role
A duty of care is a legal obligation that requires me to act in the best interests of an individual who is receiving care. I am expected to provide good quality care. This includes a duty to protect residents from harm or abuse and undertake training to develop my professional practice to ensure that standards are kept high. I am required to ensure that all residents are treated with dignity and respect are included in decision making and given a choice
1.2. Explain how duty of care contributes to the safeguarding or protection of individuals
Duty of care ensures that patients are protected from harm and are kept safe from abuse by staff,other patients, family and friends.
2. Know how to address conflicts or dilemmas that may arise between an individual’s rights and the duty of care
2.1. Describe potential conflicts or dilemmas that may arise between the duty of care and an individual’s rights
A patient may refuse to participate in an assessment that will determine future support, this is their right and it is my duty of care to respect this decision. However, in the best interests of the patient I would provide them with information why they should undergo the assessment and then offer them the opportunity to participate in the assessment at a later time. I would report and record everything. I also have to consider their mental capacity.
2.2. Describe how to manage risk associated with conflicts or dilemmas between an individual’s rights and the duty of care
Effective communication is a vital factor in ensuring that the risks associated with conflict and dilemmas are managed well. Information recording is a key aspect of this communication and ensures that the patients and your observations and...
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