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Discuss discriminatory practice within health and social care

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´╗┐Charliee Nicholls Unit 2 Task 2 P2 P3 M1 Equality, diversity and rights Barry Barnhurst In this assignment I will be describing the discriminatory practice that may occur within health and social care and the potential effects of discriminatory practices on service users. I will also be assessing the effects of 3 different discriminatory practices on service users and the impact that this can have on them. Infringement of rights is when you do not respect somebody?s individual rights. For example if somebody is of a particular religion or culture and has to pray at a certain time of the day and you do not allow them to carry this out, then you are infringing somebody?s rights. As a health and social care professional you need to be aware of these rights and ensure that you do not take them away from somebody. This can lead to an individual feeling devalued which can have big effects on their health, confidence and self-esteem. Covert abuse of power- This is when a health and social care professional uses their power to discriminate against someone. This could include treating someone differently to someone else. ...read more.


Disempowerment Disempowerment is most common an effect from discrimination and bullying. If you have been bullied by an individual or group of people then you may feel as devalued or disempowered. This makes you feel as though you do not have the power to fight back against them and may lead you to developing health issues and feel as though you cannot fight against discrimination and are willing to accept the way that you are being treated. Marginalisation Marginalisation is when someone feels as though they are not part of a group within society. This is a potential effect of discrimination because someone is made to stand out and made to be different in front of an audience. Therefore, they then feel as though they are alone and marginalised from the rest of the society or other service users. For example, if someone is admitted to private care as there is no availability for them anywhere else they may feel as though they are being treated differently from others because of that. They may feel as though they are being discriminated against because of who and where they are. By treating somebody differently to others, you may be restricting their opportunities. ...read more.


Betty asks Laura to help her go to the toilet, Laura replies that she will as soon as she has finished her break. Betty does not think that this is acceptable but has limited mobility so has to wait for her to finish as all of the other staff are helping other service users. Laura takes another 20 minutes to finish her break which results in Betty struggling to go to the toilet by herself. Betty falls on the floor and damages her hip. Although Betty makes a full recovery, she now finds it very hard to trust the other staff at Cherry Tree Lodge who she recently had a very good relationship with. She does not talk to the staff other than when it is absolutely necessary and would rather struggle to do things on her own rather than ask the staff to help her. As a result of the previous incident, she has lost all trust in the staff and does not feel that they will help her when she needs it. She has lost her confidence as a result of this discriminatory practice and it should not ever be seen in a professional health and social care setting. http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/thenhs/equality-and-diversity/Pages/equality-and-diversity-in-the-NHS.aspx Stretch A, Whitehouse M (2010). Health & Social Care Level 3. London: Pearson. 65-69 ...read more.

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This essay aimed to discuss discrimination and its effects in H&SC settings . There were some very good descriptions given for the sub categories of discrimination. Perhaps an example of bullying in a H&SC setting could have been given?
The writing style was good overall, but there were a few grammar errors which could be minimised by careful proof-reading.

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