Promote good practice in handling information in health and social care settings
Understand requirements for handling information in health and social care settings
1. Identify legislation and codes of practice that relate to handling information in health and social care
* Data Protection Act 1998
* Human Rights Act 1998
* Freedom Of information Act 200
2. Summarise the main points of legal requirements and codes of practice for handling information in health and social care.
DATA PROTECTION ACT 1998
The data protection act sets out 8 principles governing the use of personal information
Personal data shall be processed fairly and lawfully
Personal data shall be obtained only for one or more specified and lawful purposes
Personal data shall be adequate, relevant and not excessive
Personal data shall be accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date.
Personal data processed for any purpose or purposes shall not be kept for longer than is necessary
Personal data shall be processed in accordance with the rights of data subjects under this Act
Appropriate technical and organisational measures shall be taken against unauthorised or unlawful processing of personal data and against accidental loss or destruction of, or damage to, personal data.
Personal data shall not be transferred to a country or territory outside the European Economic Area, unless that country or territory ensures an adequate level of protection for the rights and freedoms of data subjects in relation to the processing of personal data.
Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA98)
Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights establishes a right to ‘respect for private and family life’. This underscores the duty to protect individual privacy and preserve the confidentiality of health and social care records. Current understanding is that compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and the common law of confidentiality should satisfy Human...