• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Health and Social Care practitioners in the UK must work within a legal and ethical framework. This means that care practitioners must follow and put into practice a range of laws, policies, codes of practice and charters in their work with service users

Extracts from this document...


ASSESSMENT OBJECTIVE NUMBER 1 LEGISLATION: Health and Social Care practitioners in the UK must work within a legal and ethical framework. This means that care practitioners must follow and put into practice a range of laws, policies, codes of practice and charters in their work with service users. Legislations are implemented to protect the many rights of service users and staff alike and are also necessary to maintain and improve good standards. The Registered Homes Act - Residential Homes with four or more beds and Nursing Homes are required to be registered and inspected under the Registered Homes Act 1984. Residential Homes with less than four beds are registered under the Registered Homes Act (Amendment Act) 1991. Part 1 of this Act empowers Local Authorities to register and inspect Residential Homes and Part 2 of this Act empowers Local District Health Authorities to register and inspect Nursing Homes. The law requires that both Residential Homes and Nursing Homes be inspected not less than twice in a twelve-month period. As a matter of local policy Nursing Homes and Residential Homes receive both announced and unannounced inspections. Nursing Homes and Residential Homes are inspected to ensure compliance with legislation, local policy guidance and principles of good social and health care practice. This will encompass the six broad values of privacy, dignity, independence, choice, rights and fulfillment, which underpin good quality care. ...read more.


They can only see information about themselves, and information may be kept back if it would harm the applicants or someone else's physical or mental health. Ideally, health and social care professionals would disclose all relevant information to service users and keep them informed about all matters relating to their care or treatment. It should not really be necessary for service users to have to make a formal application to see their records. They can be granted access informally. As there are relatively few formal applications to see health and other personal care files, it maybe that this is what occurs in practice. IMPACT OF LEGISLATION: - The fact that the law is making records more available to the public could cause many problems. The greatest fear is the security issues of confidential information being kept and its accessibility, which may be open to abuse. Computerised information is not as secure as written documents kept under lock and key. However, the service user can experience confidence and trust in the system that is there to care and protect by being allowed to access information regarding themselves. Premises that house elderly and infirm people, people with physical disabilities and/or mental disorders who require care must be registered and regulated by law to protect these vulnerable individuals. It is important to ensure that high standards are maintained. ...read more.


The service user and carer will work together on the care plan. Care plans are reviewed at set times as the care needed may change; the care plan should be altered accordingly. The Visitors log should consist of the visitors name and the time they entered the care setting, and whom they are visiting. Their car registration number is also necessary in case their car needs moving. Visitors need to sign in and out because of fire regulations. Accidents should be recorded in the accident book however minor. All employees should have a sound knowledge of the arrangements for getting first aid. Employees must inform their employer verbally or in writing as soon as possible of any accidents, sickness that may have been caused by work, dangerous occurrences and 'near misses'. Near misses must be reported because this could help to identify potential risks and prevent them occurring in the future. Incident forms must always be filled out too. They can highlight flaws in security. Incident forms are for something you can't account for like the 'near misses' for example. PURPOSE OF RECORDS: All records that are kept are important written documents that could be used in court. It is therefore crucial that they are legible, clearly stated, accurate, signed and dated by the carer. Records need to be clear and accurate so other professionals can read them too so the best care possible can be provided. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our University Degree Healthcare section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related University Degree Healthcare essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Role of Radiography in Modern Imaging Service. The Interventional Radiology; Guidance for Service ...

    4 star(s)

    This will be essential for staff working between interventional radiological network areas. Working across networks can pose other risks such as the spread of health care associated infections. Whatever the risk, patient safety needs have a major role in informing practice.

  2. Marked by a teacher

    Concepts of Health, Health Care And Health Promotion.

    3 star(s)

    Of the five family planning clinics in Redbridge only the two Brook sessions at John Telford are specifically for young people (Newman M. et al 1997b:150). The current provision is spread across many separate agencies, with each having their own focus; there is little co-ordination of services.

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Unit 10 care practice and provision

    3 star(s)

    The WPCT's meets around every two months in public where any member of the public is welcomed to join where they can get involved and have their say. Along with WPCT workers and people working within the NHS they have produced Health Improvement and Modernisation Plan (HIMP)

  2. Marked by a teacher

    Elderly people in Residential Care.

    3 star(s)

    long term care for elderly people (paid by both individuals and the state) could rise from �11.1 billion in 1995 to: * �14.7 billion in 2010; * �19.9 billion in 2021; * �28 billion in 2031 (www.official-documents.co.uk 2002) Analysis of key areas of concerns There is increasing evidence such as in The Home Life (CPA, 1996)

  1. BACP Ethical Framework evaluate the ethical, professional and audit issues which may arise.

    Are her suicidal thoughts due to the Prozac (medication) she is using? "You may have thoughts about suicide when you first start taking an antidepressant. Your doctor will need to check you at regular visits for at least the first 12 weeks of treatment with Prozac". (Gomez,C 2010). If I tell my client she will feel the need to

  2. Describe TWO pieces of legislation, ONE code of practice and TWO policies that should ...

    and is not justifiable on objective grounds unrelated to sex. CODE OF PRACTICE: A code of Practice is a list of rules established by regulatory bodies or trade associations, which are intended as a guide to acceptable behaviour from each individual care worker.

  1. Give an account of the most significant theoretical issues which underpin the practice of ...

    order to help them develop to their full potential and live life to the full. To achieve this, humanistic therapies incorporate the body, mind, emotions, behavior and spirituality. In addressing the problem, they also look at other people, including family, friends, society and culture.

  2. Care versus Control: make a critical analysis of the debate, locating it in terms ...

    Braye (2010:57) notes, ?the MHA 2007 ? makes it possible to detain individuals previously excluded from the remit of the 1983 Act, on evidence that relies on predictive risk of harm?; this could be seen as unjust given evidence which McLaughlin (2006)

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work