Handle information in health and social care settings
1.1 Identify the legislation that relates to the recording, storage and sharing of information in health and social care.
Data Protection Act 1998: This is how information about individuals is used. This covers eight principles under which personal data must be protected and collected. Data Protection Act says that the service user information must be confidential and can only be accessed with their consent. Service users must know what records are being kept and why the data is kept.
Freedom of Information Act 2000: The Freedom of Information Act gives individuals the right to ask organisations all the information they have about them. There are some that might be withheld to protect various interest which if that is the case, the individual must be aware of it. Information about individuals will be handled under the Data Protection Act.
1.2 Explain why it is important to have secure systems for recording and storing information in a health and social care setting.
It is important to have secure systems for recording and storing information in a health and social care setting so that service users and staff’s private information will be protected from unauthorised viewing. It is to comply with legislation; it is the right of service users and staff for their private information to be protected.
To ensure information is accessible for those who need to know, so that if information ever needs to be passed on and shared to other multi disciplinary teams, its easier to find the information required. Also to protect service users from fraud or identity theft and to maintain the rights of service users.
Information about individuals and staff in my place of work is protected from unauthorised persons. I only pass on service user information on a need to know basis. If I am ever unsure on whether I should or should not pass information on then I seek advice from my seniors....
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