Hsc 3

Unit 307
Promote good practice in handling information in health and social care settings.

1.Understand requirements for handling information in health and social care settings

Identify legislation and codes of practice that relate to handling information in health and social care

The right to confidentiality is guaranteed partly by the Data Protection Act 1988, partly by the Human Rights Act 1998, and partly by principles established by judges on a case-by-case basis (the common law). The Data Protection Act 1998 sets out eight principles, which are in essence a code of good practice for processing personal data. Your workplace policies and procedures will be based around those principles. The Human Rights Act 1998 details the right to a private life. There is also the Codes of Practice for social care workers, which provides a clear guide for all those who work in social work, setting out the standards of practice and conduct workers and their employers should meet with regards the handling of information. There are also Caldecott standards, which govern the sharing of information based on the Data Protection Act

Summarise the main points of legal requirements and codes of practice for handling information in health and social care

Data Protection Act 1998
The data protection act sets out 8 principles governing the use of personal information:

  * Fairly and lawfully processed
  * Processed for limited purposes
  * Adequate relevant and not excessive
  * Accurate
  * Not kept for longer than necessary
  * Processed in accordance with the data subjects rights
  * Kept secure
  * Not transferred to countries without adequate protection

Human Rights Act 1998
Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights establishes a right to ‘respect for private and family life’. This underscores the duty to protect individual privacy and preserve the confidentiality of health and social care records.

Codes of Practice