Promote Good Practice in Handling Information

Unit 9(HSC 38)

Unit 9 (HSC 38)-

Promote Good Practice in Handling Information in Health and Social
Care Settings.
Unit aim:
This unit covers the knowledge and skills needed to implement and promote good practice in
recording, sharing, storing and accessing information.

Credit value-3
Level 2

This workbook covers the following elements:
Learning outcomes:
There are three learning outcomes to this unit1. Understand requirements for handling information in health and social-care settings
2. Be able to implement good practice in handling information
3. Be able to support others to handle information

Question- (1.1)
Identify legislation and codes of practice that relate to handling information in
health and social care.

Generally the rules relating to the Data Protection Act are:

Records should be kept in a secure place
Records should be kept to a minimum necessary to achieve their purpose.
Records should only be used for the purpose they were collected
Records should only be available to those who need to see them

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(1.1) (Continued)
The Data Protection Act relates to all information kept of an individual. There are eight
basic principles to the Data Protection Act.
The Data must be:
Fairly, and lawfully processed.
Used for limited purposes.
Not excessive, but adequate and relevant.
Not kept for longer than necessary.
Accurate but concise, containing only facts not assumptions, of the person making an entry.
Kept secure at all times, information kept on computers should be password protected.
Processed, taking into account the Individuals rights.
Not transferred to another country that cannot maintain the confidentiality of the information.
The sharing of information is governed by the Caldecott standards which are based on the
Data Protection Act 1998 and are set out in the form of principles:
 Justify the purpose for...