Unit 5

Unit 5: Introduction to duty of care in Health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings.

Defining the term ‘duty of care’
The term duty of care is a legal obligation which is imposed on an individual in the health and social setting. Requiring adherence to a standard of reasonable care so always act in the best interest of the individuals, while performing any acts that could foreseeably harm others. It is the first element that must be established to proceed with an action in negligence.
As a care worker I have a duty of care to act in the best interest of the individuals, which means that I should take all steps which are reasonably possible to ensure their health, safety and wellbeing. The duty of care I have in the job is to keep myself safe and the service user safe. It means being updated on any new training, following all and any security procedures in order to keep things safe.
It is important to own carry out duties that are in own job description, and that I am trained/ competent, it is also therefore necessary to regularly update own knowledge and skills in order to uphold and provide care standards in accordance with codes of practice of care setting and services. This includes the use of any available resources such as; equipment;   for example the use of hoists,   for the movements of manual and people handling, ensuring training is up to date for example attending any relevant training courses, such as medication administration.
The importance of underpinning values of adult social care, respecting that individual, preserving their dignity, the need to observe and to be observant, especially for confidentiality reasons. It is also a duty to report any concerns by completion of relevant forms, such as accident or incident forms and the use of the “whistleblowing “policy if necessary. In the case of local authority safeguarding services, whistleblowing allegations are likely to be about a dangerous or illegal activity, or...