Identify legislation and codes of practice that relate to handling information in care settings

Qualification: Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care
Unit name: Handle information in care settings
Learning outcome: 1. Understand requirements for handling information in care settings
Assessment criteria: 1.1 Identify legislation and codes of practice that relate to handling information in care settings

There are a few pieces of legislation and codes of practice that care workers should be aware of so that they are able to handle personal information safely and securely as part of their role.

  • Data Protection Act 2018 – sets out the principles of how personal information should be handled by organisations
  • General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) 2018 – brings UK data handling legislation in line with that of the European Union
  • Freedom of Information Act 2000 – sets out the rights of citizens accessing information from public agencies, such as the NHS, local authorities or government departments
  • Common-Law Duty of Confidentiality – case law that makes the assumption that shared personal and private information will be treated confidentially
  • HSIC Guide to COnfidentiality 2013 – sets out how health and social care workers should ensure that personal information is kept safe and shared appropriately

The overall theme for good handling of information for care workers is that confidential information should be kept secure and confidential and only shared on a need-to-know basis.