Promote Good Practice in Handling Information in Health and Social Care Settings

UNIT 4222-307 Promote good practice in handling information in health and social care settings

Outcome 1.1 Identify legislation and codes of practice that relate to handling information in health and social care

There are legislation and codes of practise relating to handling information to protect individual's rights. The main legislation are:
    • Human Rights Act 1998 – public organisations must treat everyone equally, with fairness, dignity and respect.
    • The Data Protection Act 1998 is an act of Parliament of United Kingdom which defines UK law on the processing of data. It is the main piece of legislation to protect personal data. This act controls how your personal information is used by organisations, businesses or the government.
    • Freedom of Information Act 2000 is an act of Parliament of UK that creates a public right of access to information held by public authorities. It means public authorities are obliged to provide certain information about their activities; and   members of public are entitled to request some information from these authorities.
    • Health and Social Care Act 2012 is an act of Parliament which provides the most extensive reorganisation of the structure of the NHS.
    • Information Commissioner's Office is a non-departmental public body which reports directly to Parliament and is sponsored by the Ministry of Justice.   It is the independent regulatory office (national data protection authority) dealing with the Data
    • Protection Act 1998
    • Equality Act
    • No Secrets

Codes of Practices include:
    • CQC Essential Standards
    • Code of Practice for Social Care Workers.
    • Code of Conduct is based on the principles of protecting the public by promoting best practice. The Code describes the standards of conduct, behaviour and attitude that people who use health and social care services should expect.
    • Company policies and procedures

Outcome 1.2 Summarise the main...