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Care Value Base The Care Value Base was created by the Care Sector Consortium in 1992, it came from the NVQ's (National Vocational Qualification) to support a well-known set of principles and values for Care workers and professionals in Health and Social Care. The Care Value Base provides people rights and responsibilities, equality and diversity, and confidentiality. The Care Value Base was originally identified in codes of Care practice. A Care Value Base is an ethical policy code which tells how carers need to act in different situations; they are not allowed to discriminate against anyone, be mean, or to provide poor care for their patients. For the first time the Health and Social Care industry had a basic code from which they could make ethical decisions about specific situations. The Care Value Base is made out of five elements: * Anti Discriminatory Practice * Confidentiality * Individual Rights * Personal beliefs and identity * Effective Communication Anti Discriminatory Practice The Anti Discriminatory Practice stops people from being discriminated against or discriminating others which include: The sex discrimination Act 1975, Race Relations Act 1976 and Disabled Persons Act 1986, these Acts are present in all Health and Social Settings. e.g. In a hospital ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) ward, there is a service user who is an African and female. She also has hearing problems, she has an appointment with her G.P who is a White British male. She is diverse because of her Gender, Ethnic group and her disability. The service user should be provided with a translator because she is African and cannot speak or understand English very well, she should also be provided with a signer for her deafness and a lady doctor if she feels uncomfortable talking to a male. ...read more.


e.g. Personal Beliefs and Identity - This care value base means the same for Social Care and Health Care because all service users have the right to: privacy and to maintain their own beliefs that have got to do with themselves such as: their religion, ethics, culture and sexual preferences. Workers responsibilities Workers are known as professionals in health and social care settings, all workers have responsibilities towards the service users. These responsibilities are: 1. Provision of active support to enable patients to communicate their needs, views and preferences Workers have to provide support for the service users physically - by making the service users health better, intellectually - by getting someone to help, emotionally - by giving them support and socially - by helping the service user to socialize, can be possible by providing a waiting room. Workers also need to make sure they are taking the service users choices into account and fulfilling their needs, listening to their views and to help them when they need help. e.g. If a service user is disabled, the workers have to make sure the service user is provided with a wheel chair or provide the service required to meet the needs of the disability. If a service user is vegetarian, the workers have to make sure the service user only gets the vegetarian menu and the right food. If a service user is a foreigner, such as an Indian and cannot speak and understand English, the worker has to get a translator as the service user has the right to be able to communicate using their preferred methods of communication and language. ...read more.


They are a bit like codes of practice but have been created by the government. The Charters have been set out to show the service users their rights and responsibilities in a hospital. This will help the service users and professionals to have good relationship. e.g. In a hospital outpatients ward, the patients have expectations such as the waiting time, the professionals have to fulfil their promise of seeing the patients on time and not to disappoint them. Policies Policies help direct and show what the health and social care professionals should do and explains what the professionals should do when a code of practice is broken. Normally policies are known as contracts between the service users and professionals, they both have to follow the rules. If a worker manages to break a code of practice, they will have to go through many procedures and could end up loosing their job if they do not follow the policies. e.g. In a hospital if a practice nurse breaks a code of practice such as not wearing her uniform and coming into work with a pair of jeans, a pink sleeves top and with her hair down. Firstly the worker will be warned by a senior member of the department and then will go through many procedures. If the worker ignores the warning, she may be sent home and may only be allowed to continue working only if she changes her uniform and puts her hair up for hygiene reasons. Expectations of the patients In every Health and Social Care setting patients have lots of expectances of the practitioners, which is a bit like the 'charters' but there is a massive difference between both of them, expectations are not promises that the NHS service have made, this is what the patients expect. ...read more.

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This essay discussed the Care Value Base and did evidence that the writer has researched this well. An introduction outlining what would be covered would be useful to help the reader get a sense of what will be presented. It is also useful for the writer in terms of using it to check that what is in the main body of the essay matches what was written in the introduction.
There are huge generalisations made (page 4 & 5 for instance), which is not in keeping with the social work values of being non-judgemental and engaging in anti-oppressive practice. These values should be borne in mind when writing. Not every disabled person needs a wheelchair.
Be careful with terminology ? staff working in hospitals should probably be referred to as health care practitioners rather than carers, a term generally used for residential or home care staff. Check the difference between interpreter and translator.
There were a few grammatical errors which could be minimised by careful proof-reading.


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