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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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