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Unit 18: Working in the Health Sector P1, M1 & D1

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´╗┐Assignment One: Investigate Potential Careers in Healthcare 1. P1: Explain the requirements for two different careers in the health sector. The job role of a midwife is to provide advice, care and support for women and their babies during pregnancy, labour and the early postnatal period. They help women make their own decisions about the care and services they access. Their responsibilities are wide ranging and include; caring for new-born children, providing health education and parenting support immediately after delivery, until care is transferred to a health visitor. Midwives are personally responsible for the health of both mother and baby and only refer to obstetricians if there are medical complications. They work in multidisciplinary teams in both hospital, and increasingly, in community health care settings. Midwives do a multitude of duties, all the while adhering to hospital policy and maintaining an awareness of issues such as health and safety, examples of these duties are; diagnosing, monitoring and examining women during pregnancy, developing, assessing and evaluating individual programmes of care, providing full antenatal care, including screening tests in hospital, in the community and at home. Midwives identify high risk pregnancies and make referrals to doctors and other medical specialists, they arrange and provide counselling and advice before and after screening and tests. They offer support and advice following events such as miscarriage, termination, stillbirth and neonatal death. They supervise and assist mothers in labour, monitoring the condition of the foetus and use knowledge of drugs and pain management, they give support and advice on the daily care of the baby including breastfeeding, bathing and making up feeds. Midwives liaise with agencies and other health and social care professionals to ensure continuity of care. ...read more.

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able to answer their questions, share their knowledge and skills with patients, their families and friends and make sure their needs are recognized by the rest of the care team, this means efficiently sharing information with other professions within the multidisciplinary team, ensuring continuity of care. Care base values contribute towards providing a positive experience. These are values such as; * having the right to choice, this could be something as simple as having a choice between different food options, clothes to wear, pain relief?etc. A pregnant lady has the choice to make a birth plan, where she can choose where to have the baby, in a pool, hospital or at home, she can say which pain relief she would prefer or none at all. This makes her time as a service user a positive experience because she?s had the choice and control. * risk assessments, these are important and necessary under law and they help healthcare workers to identify and problems that could occur and take steps to minimise the risks. This contributes towards a positive care experience for both the professional and the service user, ensuring their protection and safety. * Staff being trained regularly contributes to providing a positive experience for service users because all the knowledge needed is kept fresh in the professional?s mind, keeping them up to date on new legislation, policies and procedures, keeping them competent. * Consultations with patients to discuss what to do going forward, to inform and give professional advice contributes to providing a positive experience because the service users feel informed, they can have their questions and queries answered and it?s a time for them to gain reassurance where available. ...read more.

Conclusion

If all records are written and kept following the same policy and procedure for writing patient records all future healthcare workers who work with that patient benefit from the same necessary standard of record. This creates a competent workforce because with knowledge of these policies and procedures, the workforce all work to the same standard and patients benefit from this. A weakness of the policies and procedures of record keeping, all be it to ensure efficiency, is that a guideline is to not be excessive, however sometimes being what others might deem slightly excessive could be one healthcare worker noting something of what seems like small significance at the time, but then another healthcare worker who accesses the records when providing services to that patient in the future could recognise it as a signpost. Possibly the beginning of depression or another mental illness, where then it wasn?t significant enough to be diagnosable, now this healthcare worker can see it has progressed and take necessary action. Overall I think there is a balance to everything, too much empathy can be detrimental to the individual and therefore to the workforce and its competency, strict guidelines and policies can ensure standards are being met, but do they also allow for some things to go unnoticed, personal development is beneficial and necessary with a sector that is constantly evolving but when new qualifications and medical procedures come about does everybody have access to gaining this knowledge in regards to cost and time. There are so many personal attributes and other factors that help to make a competent workforce but also a workforce is made up of diverse individuals from all walks of life who won?t all have the exact same personal attributes or educations and yet everybody will in some way contribute towards providing a competent workforce. ...read more.

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