Unit 1 Section C Health and Social Care
Mike Weston Broadway School Health and Social Care
Unit 1: Section C
All care work is about improving the client’s quality of life by meeting people’s intellectual, emotional and social needs, as well as their physical needs. One way of doing this is for care practitioners to empower their clients. Care practitioners empower clients by promoting certain values, which are important to both the care practitioner and the client. These values form the basis for a set of principles that help care workers to gibe the kind of care each individual client requires. The principles are also there as guidelines for the General Practitioner and the Nursery Nurse.
Promoting anti-discriminatory practice:
- Freedom from discrimination.
- The right to be different.
- Aware of assumptions made surrounding gender, race, age, sexuality, disability and class.
- Understand prejudice, stereotyping and labelling their effects.
- Use of language (political correctness).
In the world today, all people are different, because of this; people find it easy to think that some people are better than others or that some opinions are right, whilst others are wrong – we must always consider the fact that different people see the world in different ways, and that our way of thinking may sometimes seem unusual to someone else. This difference between people is called diversity and we should value it.
Unfair discrimination is when people, or a group of people are treated unfair or unequally in comparison with other people or groups of people. When people discriminate unfairly against someone else, we say they are prejudice against that person.
Maintaining Confidentiality of information
In care work, sustaining information confidential is vital. It is an important right of all clients. It is important for the following reasons:
- Trust – If you know your carer will not tell anyone else about your problems, you will be able to confide in them, knowing that they will not pass on things you have said.
- Self-esteem – If your care worker successfully keeps your matters confidential, this shows that the care worker respects and values you. Your self-esteem will therefore be higher than if your private details had been shared with others.
- Safety – In order to stabilize their client’s, carers have to retain any information they get from their client’s. For example, they may be required to keep information about the password for their client’s household.
- Professionalism – As a part of a care worker’s professional code of conduct, they have to provide a professional service that claims to maintain confidentiality.
- Legality – There are legal requirements to maintain the confidentiality of personal records.
- Discrimination – Confidential information passed on to the wrong people might result in the client being discriminated against or part in danger.
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Promoting and supporting individual’s rights
Everyone has the right to their own beliefs and lifestyles, but no one has the right to damage the quality of other people’s lives. This means that rights often come with responsibilities towards other people.
Government legislation, codes of practice, employer’s policies and national training standards outline the rights clients have when they are receiving health and social care services.
National Health Service – General Practitioner’s care values: A typical Day
Early years – Childminder’s care values: A typical day
Comparing Care Values for both Care Workers
Similarities of Care Values used:
Providing individualised care: Both of the care workers apply an individualised approach towards caring for their clients. The General Practitioner uses this care value to help their patients to improve their lifestyles in terms of health. Similarly, the Nursery Nurse uses an individualised approach by giving the children freedom of choice. This allows the children to gain independence because they start to do things on their own.
Promoting and supporting individual’s rights: The General Practitioner uses this care value in order to welcome the patient when they come into the room and also to make them feel at ease. The Nursery Nurse gives children a selection of what they want to do. They have to look for their name in a variety of names. Instead of doing the register normally, this gives the children a chance to develop their intellectuality because they use their eyes to search for their names on the board. Both of the practitioners incorporate a way to acknowledge the individuals personal beliefs whilst developing communication skills.
Different Care Values used:
Providing individualised care: The Nursery Nurse and the Doctor use this care value for other aspects of their service. At the end of the day, the nursery nurse encourages the children to help tidy the toys away. This way of caring for the children is more practical because the children develop a sense of achievement by putting words into actions. The way the GP uses this care value differs greatly because he/she gives the patient advice on health issues, prescribes medicines or treatment to enforce the implications of employing healthy habits.
Promoting and supporting individuals’ rights: The GP gives people access to professional health advice. This approach is different to the Nursery Nurse’s because the Nursery Nurse teaches the children ways to act and is basically moulding them to what type of person they will be in the future. The nursery nurse plays a bigger role in that retrospect.
From looking at the similarities and differences shown above, I have realised that the two professions are really different. The General Practitioner is more of a support system that is in place whenever people need them. The Nursery Nurse, on the other hand, is a role model for the children because he/she teaches the children life skills. For example, the Nursery Nurse teaches the children right from wrong. These principals lay the foundations of what type of person the child is going to be in the future. The GP only gives advice to the clients and performs minor surgery.
Promoting Health and well being
Miss Amanda Smith has many bad habits which need to be monitored and prevented so that she does not get unwanted illnesses that could slowly kill her.
Here as some conclusions:
Eating – She doesn’t eat a lot of food, and when she does eat, she feels she has to exercise the calories off. This is bad for her health because when the body does not receive enough food, it starts to eat the extra body fat. She is underweight and weak. She is very skinny and her bones and visible. Emotionally it will affect the way she feels about food and her body. Socially it affects the way people see her.
Exercise – She over exercises to lose weight, in the questionnaire she states that she exercises three times a week. Over exercising affects her physically, socially and emotionally. She over exercises and doesn’t each much, she therefore is malnutritioned.
Work - In the questionnaire Amanda said she loves to read Sci-fi and horror books, this is very good for her English skills. Although spending a lot of time reading can make a person very anti- social. This can affect her social – life.
Social Life – I realised that this person is single and doesn’t have many friends; this problem can affect her socially and emotionally. She has one best friend who supposedly is the only person in the world who understands her.
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It is difficult to give feedback for this as I am not clear on which unit this work is for. Nevertheless I will give areas where the work could be improved. Some of the examples given for the care values were good, others need more detail. Eg. I was not sure how the example (as annotated), matched with the care value being discussed. The bullet pointed information needs more detail as it is unclear how it relates to ADP. SO for ?use of language? give an example of how avoiding offensive terms promotes ADP. Please check for grammatical errors to improve the readability of your work. 3/5