Medical Law for Nursing Homes
This is of high importance to all health care providers, particularly with regard to the recently implemented Mental Capacity Act that come into force in April 2007. This Act brings into question issues surrounding consent, particularly with regard to the person without capacity; who can consent on their behalf?
Health providers must act within the law on issues such as photography, provision of nursing care, and confidentiality. This course will put all of these issues into perspective and is designed to provide the health worker/organisation with an awareness of their responsibilities with regard to the legal aspects of the care that they provide. For example, if a patient develops pressure damage, staff must ensure that they have taken all precautions to prevent this damage in the first place. Failure to do this could result in a medical negligence claim against the individual or the organisation.
The course will also ensure that organisation managers/leaders are aware that accepting a patient into the organisation means that the patient is owed a duty of care by the organisation. By accepting the patient the organisation is stating that they can provide for that patients health care needs. Should an organisation fail in this duty of care that results in harm to the patient then this could result in prosecution of the organisation or individual.
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