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Describes the legislation and Organisational requirements in care settings such as Queensland that ensure good practice in dealing with confidentiality.

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B. Describes the legislation and Organisational requirements in care settings such as Queensland that ensure good practice in dealing with confidentiality. Includes information about: Legislation: * Data Protection Act * Access to Personal Files Act * Access to Medical Records Act Organisational requirements: * Policies * Procedures * Recording * Storage * Security Data Protection Act: Data Protection Act is relevant to all health, social care and early years' settings such as nursing homes or child care homes as it is a law which is set by the parliament in the UK which explains how to handle and deal with private information of others. It explains that the private information should be kept private from people who do not have the authority to look at the information they are not suppose to look at such as personal details, this act is works very strongly in care settings and only data controllers can have the right to look at it. If an individual wants to look at their personal information they will have to seek permission first. Personal data that is kept must be kept up to date and no linger then necessary for particular reasons such as when there is emergency and they need to contact that individuals family. This Act is applied to all sort of personal information such as business information, credit card details, health records and social service records. All the information should be kept private as it's only for data controllers use as its protecting service user's confidentiality in care settings. Data Protection Act has eight principals which are: * Should be processed fairly and lawfully. * Obtained for particular and lawful purposes- * Enough, relevant and not excessive. * Accurate and up to date. * Not kept any longer than necessary. * Processed in agreement with the data subject's rights. * Securely kept. * Not transferred to any other country without enough protection. ...read more.

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By applying policies it will give them guide to what should be done to fulfil that task or who it should be done by such as cleaning for the cleaners only. Every organisation should have a number of policies which they should abide by no matter what to maintain quality and standard of care; this will help give good attention to the service users who need help. Policies are usually stored where care workers are mostly such as their areas. Policy can be anything such as: * Confidentiality * Moving and handling of items * Accessing to personal files and records * Health and safety issues * Complaining about wrong care given * Recruitments to right person * Equal opportunity given to everyone * Communicating with each other effectively. Policies for confidentiality in care homes are very important as there are service users who like to keep to themselves without sharing information with people who are not authorised to know. All staff should meet the standards outlined in the Confidentiality so that no confidentiality of service users is broken unnecessarily. Where there is a service user who uses a computer to misuse the rights of service users by accessing their information and disclosing the password to someone else that might work in the care settings or might not. They can be subjected to disciplinary action and be prosecuted under the Computer Misuse Act 1990. "The policy should encourage management, staff and volunteers to keep up to date with all relevant information and legislation." (http://www.suffolk.gov.uk/NR/rdonlyres/D35B720B-0F2C-45CF-A9ED-F2B3DE7A58B1/0/Policies15.pdf) Any care worker working in care settings have a legal duty to keep information about service users confidential. This means making sure that all service user's information is practiced fairly and lawfully. Information that can recognize service users must not be used or disclosed for purposes other than medical conditions without that service user's permission. An organisational confidentiality policy should clearly inform the prospect made of care workers in the following areas: * Through a conversation * When recording service ...read more.

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If any of the files are saved on the computer then the person who is control of record which is usually the data controllers must make sure that the records are protected with anti-virus protection program to avoid any hacking or viruses coming onto the computer as well as protects file not getting lost or broken. The data controller's have to make sure they have back ups for the records that are kept on the computer so that if there is a viruses on the computer at least the data controller will have file to back it up. It is their responsibility to make sure they also have back-up files of the patient's records; back up files can be saved on floppy disk, USB sticks or even CD's. A data controller in Queensland Residential Home has the legal responsibility to make sure the files are protected from any misuse. It should able to safeguard any circumstance such as data loss, unauthorised access or any change that has been illegally done to the files. Records that are kept on computer may also require the care workers to provide them with identity before they can access any personal records. Each person who has authority to look at that personal information about service users are given a password to prevent unauthorised entry into the protected file. It is possible that some care workers will be able access to more information then other care workers such as a dietician he will be able to access health records but will be restricted to personal records with the service user's home address or telephone number. Zahra who lives in Queensland nursing home will be able to access all her information because she will defiantly need to see her medical records to see if she is improving on her health or not which is very important as well as she needs to see Zahra's address and telephone number so if she wants to make an appointment for Zahra she can contact her by telephone or send her a post to her given address. ...read more.

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This is a relatively good essay though it suffers a bit from trying to include a lot of information. Although the data is correct, it is often repeated several times. It would have benefited from a plan before writing to help avoid this issue.

It could be extended by demonstrating understanding through application. Eg. the writer could have explained more about how policies were used in the setting to ensure that the legislation was followed. This would greatly enhance the work.

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