Lead and Manage a Group Living Environment

Lead and Manage Group Living for Adults

Performance Criteria 3174

1.1There are many different types of group living provisions available, all of them must support and provide individual person centred care and encourage independence. All people have the same rights, civil liberties and the same access to everyday living conditions regardless of disability. Within a group living environment all the normal and good things in life must be upheld to enable individuals to feel valued in society. This allows control over their own lives, decision making and the opportunity to communicate their needs, wishes and preferences when planning their care.

1.2 In recent years group living in a care environment has come a long way, due to the introduction of legal and regulatory requirements such as The Care Standards Act 2000, The Health and Social Care Act 2008 and the government regulator the care Quality Commission who are responsible for regulating all health and social care services. Other legal requirements impacting on the physical group living environment are:
• Health and safety at Work Act 1974
• The Human Rights Act 1998
• Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006
• Mental Capacity Act 2007
• Control of Substances Hazardous to Health 2002

1.3 All care providers and managers have a duty of care to support each individual patient and each employee. This means I must follow the policies of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to manage risk. Balancing the needs of both staff and patients can be difficult an example of this is the moving and handling of a heavy immobile patient. The patient may ask to be moved without the use of lifting equipment which is necessary to protect the carer from back injury.
This said at no time should the wishes of the patient being cared for put at risk the safety of others, and this must be addressed on such occasions. Risk assessments must be implemented and carried out, supporting independence while promoting safety....