Duty of Care 1. Introduction
This paper details the meaning of duty of care, challenges and dilemmas that may occur and the support opportunities available in order to deal. It also outlines the procedures for dealing with complaints should they occur.
2. Duty of Care: Definition
Duty of Care is a legal obligation to always act in the best interests of everyone to ensure that those receiving healthcare services receive safe and appropriate care and safe from danger and misuse. It is a code of practice that should be adhered to by healthcare professionals in everything they do to ensure they stay within the legal requirements for their role and to ensure that they are protected in the event of a claim of malpractice or negligence.
It is also important that healthcare professionals act with independence as they are responsible for the wellbeing of those they care for. They must stay within their own professional competence and confidence levels and do all that they can to keep those receiving care from them safe from harm, as those they look after are often the more vulnerable members of society. The healthcare professional must always keep front of mind that with this kind of role comes a certain amount of responsibility.
3. Duty of care in the workplace and how it affects my role
In the workplace being conscious of the duty of care and ensuring that it is front of mind in every aspect of the job is very important. It is a way of working and an integral part of every aspect of the healthcare provision i provide. Those individuals under my care can, and should, expect that I will carry out my work in a professional and supportive way ensuring that they are not exposed to harm or any unnecessary or preventable risks.
Like other professions in similar fields such as doctors, engineers and lawyers, it is an unwritten code that means you should always treat people with the utmost respect, maintain their dignity and act with integrity. This ensures...