There are many standards that influence how I carry out my responsibilities including:
- The Care Act 2014
- Health & Social Care Act 2008
- Health & Safety at Work Act 1974
- Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992
- CQC Standards
- Internal Policies & Procedures
Some of the standards are UK legislation such as the Care Act, Health & Social Care Act, Health & Safety at Work Act etc. These lay out the rules for lawful practice in the UK and non-conformance can lead to litigation against an individual or company. Some legislation is specific to the health and social care sector (e.g. Care Act. Health & Social Care Act) and others are for businesses in any sector (e.g. Health & Safety at Work Act, Manual Handling Operations Regulations).
The 13 CQC fundamental standards are used by the Care Quality Commission when inspecting organisations in the health & social care sector. All individuals using care services have the right to expect care that does fall below these standards.
Internal policies and procedures are documents created by the company that I work for that describe the roles and the expectations of all employees and guidance on a multitude of subjects.