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Basic values in health and social care - Client's rights in interpersonal situations

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Basic values in health and social care Client's rights in interpersonal situations It is essential that health care workers should be clear about the values, which underpin health and social care work. These values are the basic beliefs about clients', rights, which shape attitudes and influence our methods of care. Such values are reflected nationally in The Patients' Charter. This is a standard against which the care received by all users of the National Health Service can be measured. The main points of The Patients' Charter are listed below. Read through them and then complete the activity, which follows. 1 To receive health care on the basis of clinical need, regardless of the ability to pay. 2 The right for respect of privacy, dignity and religious beliefs. ...read more.

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Here are some of the most important jobs. Primary Health * The general practitioners role involves preventative medicine and their diagnosis and care treatment of ill health. General practitioners refer patients to other agencies and workers for their specialists input. General practitioners are self-employed, though they are paid by the (NHS) National Health Service through the FHSA's * Community nurses provide nursing services in clients'/patients' homes. * District nurses are concerned with promoting health and well-being as well as providing nursing care. * Community psychiatric nurses provide on-going treatment and support to clients with mental health problems * Midwives focus on the care of women, before, during and after pregnancy and have a statutory responsibility for the care of the mother and baby up to ten days after the delivery. ...read more.

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It gives respect to the individuals right to privacy. Often, clients are required to divulge a great deal of personal information about them-selves and they have a right to expect this information to be kept confidential. Disclosing information about clients Sometimes it is desirable to disclose information to others, such as concerned relatives or another health professional. Referring back to The Patients Charter, this information is subject to the wishes of the client'. Usually, this is easy to arrange. If a relative telephones for a progress report, the care worker can normally check with the client as to what they are going to say. However, a client who is conscious or recovering from an anaesthetic is unable to indicate consent. In these cases, staffs still need to pass on information to the next of kin and in the practice there are a few breaches of confidentiality. ...read more.

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