In this assignment I will be discussing how my own personal value base impacts on Social Care Values and goals of my agency. I will also discuss how I have looked at anti-discriminatory practice, what values are involved and how I promote this in my own workplace. I will be identifying legislation and how this influences my practice as a worker. I believe that a value is something that is important to an individual and the values that I believe in play a very important role in my life. My values are greatly influenced by my family.
My values include family, health, being respectful and non-judgmental. I also value my daughter, my friends and being honest. I believe that a value is something that you should assign love and importance to. I have been fortunate enough to be raised in a strong family background where I was cared for and nurtured into believing what is right and wrong whilst also being supported to develop my own views and morals. I believe that this has helped me to develop a caring, kind and patient nature whilst also being able to express my own views and opinions where appropriate.
I was always encouraged to do well at school and to always achieve my goals. I believe that these values have helped me to always treat the service users whom I work with, with respect, dignity and to always be non-judgemental. I always try to be caring and compassionate to their situation. Three care values that influence practice are choice, confidentiality and dignity. Confidentiality is an important aspect within my organisation. Information should only be passed on when necessary and consent must be given by each individual at all times.
Access to this information should be limited to the service user and departments used by the individual and information must not be discussed with other members who are not involved in their care. I believe that choice plays a very important part of the day to day care of a service user. It allows the individual to make an informed choice and enables them to be aware of the range of choices available whether it is what they want to eat or what they want to do that day, the choice is always there.
I believe this is important as it allows the individual to be able to do what they want and acknowledges that everyone is different and has different interests and tastes. Dignity within a caring role is also a very important value within my organisation as it gives the individual the right to be treated with dignity and respect at all times. It allows each individuals care needs to be met in an honourable and person centred way. I believe that my own personal values have influenced the way in which I work and I am guided by the national care standards to fulfil these values even further.
Anti-discriminatory practice is an action taken to prevent discrimination against people, in this case, service users, on the grounds of disability, gender, race or religion etc. It allows practice within a care setting to promote equality and diversity. By having an anti-discriminatory policy within my organisation it allows for good practice and prevents discrimination against individuals on the basis of physical or mental disability, general health, religion or cognitive ability. I believe that by understanding each individual’s personal care needs or wishes, we are able to prevent discrimination against them.
For example if a service user has a sight impairment, it is good practice to ensure that any group work activity that is available for the day they attend day service, is catered around their own individual needs. Therefore, this is promoting anti discriminatory practice as they are still able to participate in a group work activity. Another way to promote anti discriminatory practice within my workplace is by ensuring that any written notes I record are unbiased and to ensure that service users receive a person centred package of care. Again, the National Care Standards assist me in this.
I believe that each individual should be given the right to promote the role they held in their home. For example, some individuals may feel the role they played as a wife/husband or mother/father has been lost along the way due to an illness or physical disability they may have. One service user in particular within my workplace with whom I had worked closely with on a number of occasions felt that the role he had as a “handyman” within the home he shared with his carers had been lost and he felt that he was not needed or wanted anymore. This particular man has dementia and his cognitive understanding is limited.
Although as he always played the role within the home as the “handyman” he felt worthless and wanted to be able to carry out minimal tasks within the home again. After discussion with this man and his main carers, it was agreed that he could help around the home more often to his own abilities therefore he was regaining some pride and self-worth in himself. This was important to this service user as he felt he was being discriminated against because of his cognitive abilities. I believe that my own personal values played a role in helping this man to achieve this outcome.
I took into consideration his health, family and what is important to him, being non-judgemental throughout and providing a person centred approach to his care needs. Legislations within my organisation play a major role in how each individual’s rights and care needs are met. Legislation is defined as law and legislation that may impact on this are The Health and Safety at Work Act (1974), Mental Health Act (2004) and The Equality Act (2010). The Health and Safety Act (1974) sets out general duties which employers have towards employees and members of the public and employees have to each other.
The main aim of the act is to make Health and Safety everyone’s responsibility and to promote safety awareness and to help everyone work together to keep each other and themselves safe. In my role within my organisation I am demonstrating this act on a daily basis by checking service user’s wheelchairs, walking aids, checking any other equipment that may be in use that day. I also carry out assessments regularly through individuals care plans using protocol paperwork provided by my organisation. These include External Risk Assessments, Falls Assessments and Moving and Handling Assessments.
The Mental Health Act (2004) applies to people with a mental disorder i. e. mental health illnesses, personality disorders and learning disabilities etc. It outlines when an individual can be taken into hospital or given treatment against their will, what their rights are and how to make sure they are protected. It takes into account ten principles: Non-discrimination, Equality, Respect for diversity, Reciprocity, Informal Care, Participation, Respect for carers, least restrictive alternative, Benefit and Child Welfare. In my role within my organisation I believe I meet most of these principles on a day to day basis.
I am continually aware of service user’s mental state and if I have any concerns I report these to an appropriate agency i. e. Mental Health Nurse. If the individual requires an admission to a hospital ward I will support both the service user and their carers to the best of my abilities both on admission and discharge. I believe I am always respectful, non-judgemental and try my best to involve the service user in their care package and share and discuss any concerns I may have. The Equality Act (2010) disallows discrimination against people with the protected characteristics outlined within the act.
Disability is one of these characteristics. In order to be protected by the act a person must meet the act’s definition of disability which are, the person must have an impairment that is either physical or mental and the effects of this impairment must be long term. I believe a disability to be anything which affects the day to day life of an individual. For example, a sensory impairment affecting sight or hearing, learning difficulties or a physical disability. I consider myself to follow this act in my role within my organisation daily. For example, there is an individual service user within my workplace who has a learning disability.
If group work is being carried out I have to take into consideration that they may need extra support or encouragement to participate. I am always considerate and sensitive to the individuals care needs and support them to the best of my ability. On the whole, I rely on my own personal values combined with those of my organisation to carry out my duties successfully and to the highest standard of care. I follow guidelines and legislation to assist me to do this. Finally, I believe my personal values have shaped me into the way in which I practice.