Diploma Health and Social Care Unit 252

Diploma Health and Social Care Unit 252
Unit 252. Contribute to supporting individuals with a learning disability to access healthcare (LD 208 C)
Outcome 1.

      1.1 Having access to healthcare is a human right, and when individuals rely on the care and support from their support workers, they may need support to access healthcare and therefore the support team should have a ‘rights based approach’, taking into consideration that persons human rights and structuring the support around that.

      1.2 The Human Rights Act 1998 is a piece of legislation in force within the UK that outlines everyone’s human rights. The act sets out the rights and freedoms that individuals have in the UK:
  * Right to life
  * Freedom from torture and inhuman or degrading treatment
  * Right to liberty and security
  * Freedom from slavery and forced labour
  * Right to a fair trial
  * No punishment without law
  * Respect for your private and family life, home and correspondence
  * Freedom of thought, belief and religion
  * Freedom of expression
  * Freedom of assembly and association
  * Right to marry and start a family
  * Protection from discrimination in respect of these rights and freedoms
  * Right to peaceful enjoyment of your property
  * Right to education
  * Right to participate in free elections

      1.3   Health care providers have a responsibility to ensure that their services are accessible to all. This may include practical measures such as making sure doorways are wide enough for wheel chair access or installing floor to floor lifts. As well as providing information in an accessible way (Large print, braille, audio) and ensuring their complaints process is clear and accessible to all.

      1.4 It is important that where capacity exists individuals are involved in all aspects of their life including decisions surrounding health care. It is important to establish they have an understanding of the proposed treatment and consent should...