Level 3 Hsc Unit 1

Unit 9

Outcome 1
The right to confidentiality is partly covered by the data protection act 1998, the human rights act 1998 and principles established by common law. The data protection act sets out eight principles which are basically a code of practice for processing personal data, my workplace policies and procedures are based around these legislations. The human rights act 1998 details within the act the right to a private life, there are also the CQC standards that health and social care workers have to abide by. There are also the Caldecott standards which govern the sharing of information based on the data protection act
Data protection act 1998 – The data protection act sets out 8 principles governing the use of personal information :-
  * Personal data shall be processed fairly and lawfully
  * Personal data shall be obtained only for one or more specified and lawful purpose
  * Personal data shall be adequate, relevant and not excessive
  * Personal data shall be accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date
  * Personal data processed for any purpose or purposes shall not be kept for longer than necessary
  * Personal data shall be processed in accordance with the rights of data subjects under this act
  * Appropriate technical and organisational measures shall be taken against accidental loss or destruction of, or damage to personal data
  * Personal data shall not be transferred to a country or territory outside the European economic area, unless that country or territory ensures and adequate level of protection for the rights and freedoms of data subjects in relation to the processing of personal data
Human rights act 1998 – Article 8 of the European convention on human rights establishes a right to ‘respect for private and family life’ this ensures the duty to protect individual privacy and preserve the confidentiality of health and social care records. Current understanding is that compliance with the data protection...