QCF Level 3 Health and Social Care David Mano
Promote Good Practice in Handling Information in
Health and Social Care Settings
1.1 The current legislation tells us that we have to keep records and information safe and up-to-date at all times. Different companies keep various pieces of information. Different information is handled in different ways. We must follow the company policies and procedures about how to handle certain types of information, the policy will follow the guidelines as set out in the Data Protection Act 1998.
As a carer we have the responsibility to make a record of the entire task that we perform in a clear way so that the information can be safely transmitted to the other carers and to the management. They need to be factual and correct and signed by us in order to validate the information. This information can be use by the management, police, and medical members.
1.2 The main points of legal requirements and codes of practice for handling information in health and social care are:
* Records should be kept in a secure place
* Records should be kept to a minimum necessary to achieve their purpose.
* Records should only be used for the purpose they were collected
* Records should only be available to those who need to see them
2.1 When handling information we have to make sure that they are kept in safety at all times locked and protected and computers with information must be protected with passwords, only authorized entities are allowed to se the information.
They must not be shared unless there is written consent from the service user, and the information must be shared in a safe environment and only discuss information with members of the staff that are important to perform their tasks. Not talk about other service users in front of other service users, families or others.
2.2 Assessor observation