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Positive working practice enables health and social care workers to meet the specific needs of clients.

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Positive Working Practice Positive working practice enables health and social care workers to meet the specific needs of clients. Each area of work needs to ensure that it meets the needs of all individuals. This means that everyone must have access to all these services regardless of their abilities. Positive working practice becomes a great asset when considering how it can be applied to help those with additional needs. Before this was implemented, it was a common for individuals with additional needs to be expected to fit in with the rest of society. This meant that their needs were not being met. No real effort was put into concluding if the treatment they were receiving was beneficial to them or not. In recent years, this has been changed. Services provide a more patient orientated examination. Meaning the patient is directly involved in every decision made. This left all decisive action down to them, ensuring they got the treatment they needed and felt comfortable with. ...read more.

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This ensures the decisions made have the interests of the client in mind. However, the Mental Capacity Act 2005 allows doctors to overrule decisions in certain scenarios. It can be disputed that this is marginalise those with mental conditions and will make the decisions made by relatives invalid. Although, you could also argue that these decisions are based on fear and a lack of medical knowledge, and not the needs of the individual. It is a difficult subject to consider and opinions will differ depending on the perspective. This largely depends on which model of disability is being considered. Relatives will try to take a more holistic approach, but will falter when trying to take into consideration medical aspects of the scenario. Such disputes are common because the service user will not be able to give their decisive opinion, leaving others to deduce what they believe is best for them. The implementation of Positive working practice is not limited to decision making. ...read more.

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It is common in health and medical areas of care for individuals to be treated using methods that promote normalisation. Applying my knowledge of positive working practice will prove beneficial when dealing with those with additional needs. It will enable me to provide care in a manner that respects the rights of the patients. Though my interaction with patients will be limited, I can still apply positive working practice into all aspects of care. This could include actions such as allowing wheelchair bound patients to transport themselves if they are able, not controlling it for them. I will also have to ensure I take a holistic approach to my treatment of patients. This is a method of that is learnt through experience and would not be something I could achieve without any prior experience. If I were to assume what could help a certain individual before I actually come into contact with them, I will not be implementing a needs-led approach to my care. Therefore, it is important that I apply my experiences into to future care so that I can make improvements when required. ...read more.

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