Health and Social Care workplace

Health and Social Care workplace to the above Pass Criteria, this assignment gives you opportunity to submit evidence in order to achieve the following MERIT and DISTINCTION grades

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(Task 2)Health and Social Care workplace

Special notes: The students are encouraged to provide additional answers to the Merit/Distinction questions where applicable.

Guidelines for assignment submission

  • The assignment has 3 Tasks Please read ALL TASKS carefully.
  • Task to be submitted on week 6 for formative feedback via lecturer’s college email.
  • The Merit and Distinction criteria will also apply to the all tasks.
  • The attendance percentage and participation in class tutorials will contribute towards the achievement of Distinction grade.
  • Both the interim and final assignments must be submitted on time to be considered for a Distinction grade.
  • PLAGIARISM is considered a serious offence and will automatically lead to a FAIL grade. In the event of similar/identical submissions, please note that both students will automatically fail the module

When IPADS/TABLETS/MACS are used please make sure documents are saved as .doc. Otherwise submission will not be valid and considered as a non-submission.

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Assignment Brief

Purpose of the assignment: Purpose of the assignment is to explore about your understanding regarding your responsibilities in ensuring the health and safety of service users (individuals) in the health and social care workplace.

Task 1 – Essay 1,000 words

1.1 To achieve this task students are expected to review various systems of communicating Health and Safety within a Health and Social Care workplace. Using the information gathered, write an assignment covering systems of communicating Health and Safety in your workplace and present to your audience.

1.2 Outline an Organogram (Organisational Chart) of Health and Safety Management within a Health and Social care organization, and assess the responsibilities of individuals in accordance with the legislative requirements.

1.3 Analyse health and safety priorities appropriate for a specific health and social care work place in light of your workplace.

(Opportunity to meet M1 M3 D1 & D3)

Additional Sources of information for LO1.1, 1.2 & 1.3:

Systems, policies and procedures for communicating information exemplar: pro formas; training; organisational culture; use of different media; exchange of information; record keeping; enforcement; compliance.

Responsibilities for management of health and safety: organisational responsibilities (Employers; employees; external agencies; visitors eg users of service, carers); monitoring and evaluating processes; auditing; inspecting the workplace; management structure and representation.

Legislative requirements current legislation, regulations and codes of practice relevant to health and safety in health and social care settings eg Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981, Management of Health and Safety Regulations1999, Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health 2002, Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992,

Food Safety Act 1990, Food Safety (General Food Hygiene) Regulations 1995, Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, Health and Social Care Act 2008, Care Standards Act 2000, Mental Health Act 2007, Disability Discrimination Act 1995, Mental Health Act 2007, Children Act 2004

Implementation: safety aids e.g. walking aid, wheelchair, and hoist; security systems eg door locks, Cameras, gates, alarms, patrol; maintenance e.g. ventilation, temperature control, buildings;

Consequences of malfunction/breakdown of equipment.

For more information follow these links:


Inquest following an incident that exposed a service user to severe burns and scaled was conducted by the Health and Safety Executive involving (FSHCL). The organisation involved failed to ensure that hot water temperature from bath was not capable of being delivered at temperatures greater than 44 degrees Celsius, no checks were being carried out on the hot water coming from the bath to ensure the temperature was kept at 44 degrees Celsius or below whereby resident was lowered into a bath containing water of 56 degrees Celsius which had not been checked and subsequently suffered severe burns to feet and ankles. On the 28/10/2014 FSHCL was found guilty at the Crown Court and were awarded a guilty fine penalty of £30,000 for breaching Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 sect/3/1.

In other report, Prosecution of Four Seasons Care Home was established after a resident choked to death. A specialist assessment previously carried out at the local hospital had recommended she had pureed food and was supervised at meals. Two weeks later she was given fish and chips in a cone along with other residents. The HSE investigation into the incident found that due to lack of communication the staff that organised a film and supper evening had not been made aware that the deceased could not eat solid foods. Four Seasons had not completed a care plan and risk assessment for the resident on her arrival at the home and no systems were in place to protect residents. This case did result from the investigation of a fatality and a guilty penalty fine of £125,000.00 awarded by the HSE on the 01/12/2010.

Using the case study provided write an essay on – understanding the ways in which health and safety requirements impact on customers and the work of practitioners in the health and social care workplace.

Please consider the following in your answers

2.1- From the Hazards spotted in the above Case Scenario above, conduct a risk assessment and present your findings to the management analysing how information from risk assessments informs care planning for individuals and organizational decision making about policies and procedures.

2.2. Analyse the impact of one aspect of health and safety policy on health and social care practice and its customers.

2.3 Discuss how dilemmas encountered in relation to implementing systems and policies for health, safety and security may be addressed at the organisation.

2.4 Analyse the effects of non-compliance with health and safety legislation in a health and social care.

An opportunity to achieved M2 M3 D2 & D3

For M2: A range of relevant sources of information is used. Range in this context means range in quantity and variety. At this level, you should cite and refer to 5 or more resources (for task 2) from a variety of sources including books, Internet, journals, etc.Harvard referencing format has been correctly and consistently applied in both citations and the reference list.

For D1: What are the likely changes do you foresee in the next five years’ time in the Health and Social Care industry. What would you advise Health and Social care organization involve responding to those changes?

Additional Resources for LO2

Further reading for LO2s visit http:/

The Guide to the Handling of People – a systems approach (Sixth edition) Back Care 2011

ISBN 978 0 9530 5281 3

Back in work – Back pack 22 June 2010 Pages/Backpacking-backpacking

Managing medical devices

DB2006 (05) Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency 6 November 2006

Task 3 – Essay 1,000 words

Scenario – North Stafford shire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust

The board found itself facing service improvement targets. Using new corporate and clinical guidance, it set about taking a ‘whole systems’ approach to managing corporate risk, giving one of its director’s responsibility for the leadership of health and safety for the first time. Health and safety was also made a key item on the board agenda.

This has resulted in a much better integrated health and safety management system that increases the opportunity to identify and manage all corporate risks, and a much more open culture, improving reporting and monitoring. The board actively promotes a culture that gives staff the confidence to report incidents. This has resulted in:

  1. Incidence rates reduced by 16% over two years;
  2. Insurance premiums reduced by 10%.

Please consider the following in your answers

3.1 In view of the Case Scenario, explain how health and safety policies and practices are monitored and reviewed.

3.2 Analyse the effectiveness of health and safety policies and practices in the work place in promoting a positive health and safety culture.

3.3 Evaluate own contribution to placing the health and safety needs of individuals at the centre of practice. (1,000 words)

An opportunity to M1 M2 D1 & D2

NOTE: Your essay structure is a combination of academic and vocational writing, with a strong reflective account to be embedded into context covering LO1s, LO2s and LO3s.

Additional resources of information for LO3 Please follow this link to the above given case study:

Monitor and review: audit of risks; review of practice; learning from experience; updating of Policies and procedures.

Positive health and safety culture: individuals; teams; managers; organisational levels

Own contributions: responsibilities; compliance; training; practices; interactions with individuals, groups and agencies.

Guidelines for assignment submission

The assignment has TWO TASKS.  Please read ALL TASKS carefully.

Each task has its own submission date.  Please submit assignment tasks ON TIME.

All tasks MUST be submitted on time to be considered for a MERIT grade.

All assignments will be subject to PLAGIARISM checks. PLAGIARISM is a serious academic offence and will automatically lead to ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT

PROCEDURES. In the event of COLLUSION (similar/identical submissions) please note that both students will automatically be subject to ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT PROCEDURES.

When IPADS/TABLETS/MACS are used please make sure documents are saved as

.doc. Otherwise the submission will not be valid and may not be marked.

Writing Guidelines

Your evidence for assessment must be handed in with a signed learner declaration.

Make sure that all required Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria are covered in the assignment. You must hand in individual work for assessment for all tasks.

Written works must be word-processed and should use Times New Roman / Arial font and font size 12. Use 1.0 or 1.5 line spacing. Please ensure that all pages of your report are numbered and identify your name, ID number and unit number.

You should use your own words and ideas as much as possible. There must be no plagiarism (see above for consequences)

You must reference your work appropriately (Se how to reference correctly).

Ensure that citations, referencing and bibliography fully acknoe the college guidelines forwledge all sources. All ideas, quotes, tables, pictures, diagrams, etc. from books, journals or the Internet must be identified and clearly cited on the same page.

Wikipedia and similar sources must not be used as an academic reference.

Essential Reading

Alvord, L. (2007).Falls Assessment and          Prevention: Home, Hospital, and Extended Care

Ridley J.R & Channing J. (2007). Safety at Work 7th Edition

Hughes, P & Ferret, E (2011). Introduction to Health and Safety at Work. NEBOSH ISBN 978 0-08-097070-7

HSE (2011). Health and Safety in Care Homes. HSE

Mandelstam, M (2002). Manual Handling in Health and Social care. ISBN 1 853025607 Tolley Health and Safety at Work Handbook 2008/2009


Analyse: Break an issue into its constituent parts. Look in depth at each part using supporting arguments and evidence for and against as well as how these interrelate to one another.

Assess:     Evaluate or weigh up the importance, drawing on evidence from a range of

Critically evaluate: Give your verdict as to what extent a statement or findings within a piece of research are true, or to what extent you agree with them. Provide evidence taken from a wide range of sources which both agree with and contradict an argument. Come to a final conclusion, basing your decision on what you judge to be the most important factors and justify how you have made your choice.

Compare: Explain differences and similarities. Comparison involves more than listing the differences and similarities.

Discuss: Outline competing points of view; weighing up arguments for and against; drawing on evidence and considering implications.

Justify: State adequate grounds for a claim, normally about the decisions made by a business

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