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13.5b Describe the agreed ways of working in relation to healthcare tasks

While you may not need to work with medication as part of your role, it is important to know what your employer’s ways of working are in relation to healthcare tasks. Some tasks such as cutting fingernails or toenails and assisting with medication can only be carried out if it has been explicitly written in the individual’s care plan.

This is one of the reasons why it is vital that a care plan is kept. It ensures workers know how to fulfil the individual’s needs and wishes and how to provide support for them. As such, the requirements of an individual should always be written down clearly in their care plan. However, you should always obtain the individual’s consent before carrying out any healthcare tasks or assisting with medication, regardless of the individual and their unique requirements.