Unit 9 Promote Good Practice In Handling Information In Health And Social 1
1. Understand requirements for handling information in health and social-care settings.
1.1 Identify legislation and codes of practice that relate to handling information in health and social care.
All staff need to make sure that confidentiality is paramount. Staff have to read and understand the Data Protection Act of 1998. They have to make sure that they are clear about their standards of conduct, that they are expected to meet. We are encouraged to use the codes of conduct to maintain our own practice is good and we need to look at any areas where we can improve on.
The Human Rights Act 1998 details the right to a private life. There is also the GSCC code of practice for social care workers, which provides a clear guide for all those who work in social work, setting out the standards of practice and conduct workers and their employers should meet with regards the handling of information.
1.2 Summarise the main points of legal requirements and codes of practice for handling information in health and social care.
The following are current legislation and codes of practice that relate to handling information in health and social care. They also summarise the main points of legal requirements for handling information.
• THE DATA PROTECTION ACT 1998 – The Data Protection Act 1998 is a piece of legislation which defines the law on processing data of people living within the United Kingdom. The Data Protection Act 1998 is set out in eight principles: 1. Personal data must be processed fairly and lawfully. 2. Personal data must only be obtained for the specific purpose and purpose given. 3. All personal data is adequate, relevant and not excessive in relation to the purpose/purposes for which they are processed. 4. All personal data must be accurate and kept up to date. 5. All personal data must not be kept for any longer than is necessary. 6. All personal