Unit 9 P4: The Role of the professional and the legislation, guidelines and policies which govern their work. Explainthe role of the professional when planning creative and therapeutic activities in a health and social care environment.
P4 Principles and values • Anti-discriminatory Practice: When working with service users, carers must respect diversity and ensure that they do not discriminate against them in any way. • Equality of Opportunity: Carers need to ensure that they provide all service users with an equality opportunity to participate in all activities. • Empowering: The process of increasing an individual’s capacity to develop their skills and knowledge further. • Ensuring Dignity: Ensuring the dignity of a service users means that you respect a client’s cultural needs and privacy. # • Promoting Independence: Promoting independence helps people to develop a positive self image and good self-esteem. Supporting clients to do things themselves rather than having things done for them. • Confidentiality: Not disclosing information to other people about a service user. It is one of the most important components of caring for others. • Respecting Diversity, Culture and Beliefs: Having an opportunity to learn about other cultures and customs help us to learn about how other people live, and using this an educational tool in activities can help develop understanding and respect.
P4 Supporting Inclusion • Development of friendships: Carers can help service users feel comfortable in their new surroundings and organise activities to help introduce people to each other- thus can help people to develop friendships and a feeling of belonging to a group. • Methods of communication: Having different methods of communication can be very valuable for people who have difficulty communicating verbally. With patience, carers can make a big difference to a service user’s communication skills. • Encouraging new experiences: If you are working as a carer and an activity is a new experience for you, doing this with one of your service users can help them to gain the confidence to have a go themselves.
P4 Supporting activities • Motivation: when a service user lacks motivation due to a experience, health and social care professionals can sometimes make the difference to service users by helping to motivate them to improve their state of mind or physical ability. • Supporting enjoyment: Supporting service users in a sometime they enjoy or have achieved. This provides positive reinforcement and spur people on to achieve even more. • Offering practical help: This can take many forms, from providing a service user with equipment or clothing or transport to attend an activity to support them. • Providing resources: Carers who work in organisations sometimes have access to resources that can be used to provide activities for service users. • Being available: having the time to be available is important. Very often, service users might indicate that time is the resource that they most want. E.g. having a cup of tea and a chat with a carer on a regular basis • Health: Legislation that relates to health. E.g. The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations (1981) • Safety: Legislation that relates to safety. E.g. The Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) • Security: Legalisation that relates to security. E.g. Child Protection Act (2004), Data Protection Act (1998)