Health Social Care Nvq

Health & Social Care
NVQ Level 2

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4 SHC 024 H/601/5474 4 A/601/8574

Technical Certificate

Unit Information

Principles for implementing & Introduction to: Duty of Care in Health, social care and young people’s settings

Vision Training North East 12 Yarm Road, Stockton-on-Tees,TS18 3NA T 01642 673255

What is a duty of care
'Duty of care is a legal obligation that requires a person to maintain a reasonable standard of care that prevents harm to others. This includes: ● doctors ● nurses ● physiotherapists ● social workers ● teachers ● YOU! A duty of care is when the people using a service have their safety, welfare and interests placed at the centre of everything the organisation does. It is not only the care establishment that needs to prioritise the safety, welfare and interests of the people using its services, but also the workers of the care establishment.

How this affects you
Ensure your actions promote the safety, welfare and interest of all people using the service by doing the following: ● ● ● ● ● Follow the GSCC Codes of Practice. Ensure you maintain your knowledge and skills. Do not work outside your level of knowledge and skills. Do not cause harm, and protect people from harm. Adhere to workplace policies and procedures.

Care professionals and support staff will use policies produced by the organisation to help them meet the organisation’s requirements relating to the duty of care of people. However, they also need to abide by their professional codes of conduct and codes of practice, such as those produced by the Nursing and Midwifery Council NMC (, the Health Professions Council (, the General Social Care Council ( and the Institute for Learning (

While care professionals and support staff always strive to ensure that people receive the best possible...