Identify the legislation that relates to the recording, storage and sharing of information in health and social care
the health and social care act 2012
Data protection act 1998
Freedom of information act 2000
Human rights act
Explain why it is important to have secure systems for recording and storing information in a health and social care setting.
It is important so that you comply with legislation, it is the right of the individual and staff for their information to be protected although information should be accessible for those who need it.
It is important to protect confidentiality and it is also important to prevent identity theft.
It maintains the rights of the individuals, it is important to have secure systems for recording and storing information so that the individuals personal information is safe from unauthorised viewing, and their information is inaccessible to unauthorised personnel.
Describe how to access guidance, information and advice about handling information
You can access guidance from inductions and training and further education such as QCF qualifications, you can access information through your company’s policies and procedures. Through senior staff and also from the internet.
Codes of practice are an excellent source of guidance also.
Explain what actions to take when there are concerns over the recording, storing or sharing of information.
If I should have concerns I would immediately converse with my manager or a senior member of staff.
If the information breaks the service users privacy, I must gain the individuals consent before passing on information, the only exception is if there was a risk to the individual if the information was not passed on you the appropriate person.