Unit 205 Hsc L2

Outcomes 1
1   Define the term ‘duty of care’
Health and social care organisations have what is called a duty of care towards the people they look after. (That means that they must do everything they can to keep the people in their care safe from harm.) It is not only the care establishment that needs to prioritise the safety, welfare and interests of the people using its services, but also the care workers of the establishment. My employer also has a duty of care for staff members, to ensure that working conditions are safe, and suitable to deliver the service.
2 Describe how the duty of care affects   own   work   role
It means the duty of care you have in your job is to keep yourself safe and the homeowner safe. It means being updated on any new training, following all and any security procedures in order to keep things safe. And being aware of hazardous situation may affect myself and other people.
Outcomes 2
1 Describe dilemmas that may arise between the duty of care and an individual's rights
Sometimes people may want to do something which could be a risk to their Health and safety. As a carer I have a duty of care to that person and you must do all that you can to keep them safe but I also have a duty to respect the individuals rights and personnal choice, I have a dilemma. It could be that a person no longer wishes to use her walking frame, but her care plan says that she needs it to move from place to place and I'm   to ensure that I encourage it’s use. I would ask my manager to carry out a risk assessment to ensure that it is managed as safely as possible. We would have   to explain the risks involved to the person and make sure they understand. You could try to compromise , asking her to use a stick for a while instead, to see how she managed, then review the situation. All this should be documented including any risk assessment carried out. If the person still insists on walking unaided you should get them to sign to say they are aware of the risks...