Unit 9 Promote Good Practice in 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. There are several forms of legislation and codes of practice relating to handling information in health and social care including: Data Protection act 1998
Freedom of information act 2000
Disability discrimination act 1998
Health and social care act 2012
Codes of practice set out by the CQC and the general social care council
1.2 Summarise the main points of legal requirements and codes of practice for handling information in health and social care Under the data protection act we must make sure the information we handle is: used fairly and lawfully
used for limited, specifically stated purposes
used in a way that is adequate, relevant and not excessive
kept for no longer than is absolutely necessary
handled according to people’s data protection rights
kept safe and secure
not transferred outside the UK without adequate protection
Recorded information includes printed documents, computer files, letters, emails, photographs, and sound or video recordings. The Act does not give people access to their own personal data. This is where the Freedom of information act comes into play.
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 provides public access to information held by public authorities. It does this in two ways:
public authorities are obliged to publish certain information about their activities members of the public are entitled to request information from public authorities.
The disability discrimination act makes it illegal to discriminate against anybody with a disability. This gives people with disability the same rights to information, as anybody else.
The CQC provides us with codes of practice that support us with running the business in lawful manner by using information confidentially and appropriately. Confidential information is...
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