NVQ3 Assignment 307 Understand how to handle information in social care settings

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Assignment 307

Data Protection Act 1998, Freedom of Information Act 2000, Health and Social Care Act 2008, and Human Rights Act 1998

The legal requirements and codes of practice are there to help make sure that you do what is necessary to handle and keep information safe and secure, making sure that all information is written legibly, and kept in a secure location and only passing information to the relevant people and for the necessary reasons. If electronically kept then passwords should be secure, files should be encrypted, save work as you go along, have a back up disk which should then be kept as secure as paper records.

I would help others understand by putting into practice myself what I am telling them
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There are actions to take when there are concerns over the recording, storing and sharing of information. This is staff training, CRB checks, vetting procedures, staff supervision. There are system measures that can be used like electronic audit trails and encrypted passwords, also information checking systems like agreed ways of working with specific policies and procedures and physical measures like secure storage and CCTV.
There will be agreed ways of working for handling information. This would be policies and procedures, the importance of keeping legible, accurate, complete and up-to-date records, ensuring the security of access to records and reports according to legal and organisational procedures. The sharing of information has to be controlled with those that need to know about relevant information relating to signs and symptoms that may indicate any changes in the individual’s condition or care needs.

Record information accurately - check the quality of records. | Review your methods for recording and storing information - re-evaluate your methods, systems and procedures on a regular basis to check that they are as effective and efficient as possible. | Record information in appropriate detail - you will need to keep a different level of detail on information, depending on how significant it is and how you anticipate using it. | Introduce new methods of recording and storing

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