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Explain the concepts of equality, diversity and rights in relation to health and social care

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Equality, Rights and Diversity Maxine Gee P1 Explain the concepts of equality, diversity and rights in relation to health and social care There are many benefits of diversity in health and social care and these can be split into social/cultural and economic. The social/cultural benefits of diversity can be explained from the perspective of arts, diet and language. In art there are pictures, films, theatre, museums ect all showing how different people have been and still are in society. An example of this is Egyptian wall which was painted onto tombs and monuments and shows how the Egyptians lived years ago. Another example is films made in other countries which can demonstrate culture from around the world in a form that is easy for people to understand and to educate people about other cultures and ways of living. With the knowledge from the arts a person working in health and social care can develop a deeper understanding of diversity. Another way of demonstrating social/cultural benefits is through diet. Many people who live in Britain choose to eat food from other countries like Chinese and Indian food. This is partially due to a multicultural society and partially due to people traveling to different countries and tasting different foods and drinks. This needs to be taken into account when planning a person?s diet. When planning what a person eats it is important to ask them about their likes and dislikes and what they can and cannot eat as this is all part of considering and respecting their diversity. ...read more.

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Opportunities mean that everyone working in or using the health and social care services should have the same opportunities. These opportunities may range from job opportunities to medical treatment. This may involve you talking to clients for example telling them what they are entitled to, possible effects of the medication they are taking or the medical procedure they may be having. The word difference is related to diversity whereby each person has to be respected and their differences recognised. |each individual needs to be acknowledged and valued for who they are. This applies to people working and people using the health and social care services. It is important to actively promote equality and individual rights of a person in the health and social care setting. The four main types of care settings are residential care, day care, nursing care and domiciliary care. Residential care is where a person lives and is cared for in a safe and secure home environment. People who use this type of care are not able to live on thir own and maintain their health but they do not necessarily need nursing care. Residential care setting caters for the persons social care needs which may include personal care, ensuring they take their medication at the required time and the right amount, arranging health visits and encouraging independence. Day care is a type of care for people who need caring for a a daily basis but not in a residential home. ...read more.

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Practical implications of confidentiality, e.g. recording, reporting, storing and sharing information- The law states that health and social care professionals maintain people confidentiality at all times. Confidentiality refers to all information related to those using health and social care services and all records associated with them to be maintained confidential no matter what format the records are in. Whenever a health and social care professional is handling records they must respect peoples wishes and privacy, follow the guidance and procedures of the organisation and comply with any requirements of the law. When a health and social care professional is gathering confidential information they must insure that only information that is needed is collected, the data is only used for the purpose it is intended, all records are kept safe and secure, each workplace has a policy or guidelines for staff to follow. The confidential records are a huge concern for the people managing them an example of this is where can the paper based records be stored? Who should have access to them? How can they be kept secure? How long should they be kept? What sort of information should be stored? How often should the records be updated and reviewed? There are many more concerns for records that are kept on computers examples of there are who has access to passwords? What happens when the system fails? Who will carry out the necessary training? And who carries out repairs and can they see the information? These are all important concerns when maintaining a service user?s private confidential information in health and social care setting. ...read more.

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