Handle information in health and social care settings
Understand the need for secure handling of information in health and social care settings and accessing support for handling information
The various Acts of Parliament that relate to the handling, storing and sharing of information include amongst others The Data Protection Act 1998, Mental Capacity Act 2005, Human Rights Act 1998, Crime and Disorder Act 1998 and Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998. At the time...... Confidentiality Policy was written, the guidance from the National Housing Federation issued in June 2009, is that the housing association sector was not bound by the Freedom of Information 2000, as although housing associations may have a duty under the Human Rights Act, when carrying out functions of a public nature this does not have cause to reclassify them as a 'public body'.
It is important to have secure systems for recording and storing information in a health and social care setting as all information relating to clients must be kept confidential at all times except when we are legally required to disclose this information, for example, when a court warrant has been issued requesting certain information.
I would access guidance, information and advice about handling information from the corporate policies I have been supplied with by ..... I would also refer to my line manager for any additional information that I may need. If there were any concerns with regards to the recording, storing or sharing of information I would report this to my line manager and agree any actions that be need to be taken in order to rectify the problem.
When record keeping I would ensure that information is concise, accurate, clear and legible, that it is reported in appropriate language and in plain English. I would ensure that records focus on the facts and not on personal opinions, confidential information about service users should be kept on their personal files and service user files should be kept in a securely locked place. I constantly follow ..... confidentiality policies in my everyday working life.