1.2 Explain the main points of health and safety policies and procedures agreed with the employer.
In order for care services to be delivered the way the government intends, the department of health has
to devise written statements about what should happen. These statements are written as policy
documents, guidelines or pieces of legislation, Depending on whether the law need to change to
accommodate the new ideas.
An example of a policy statement from the government outlining their plans for the future is the NHS
plan. This document provides a comprehensive framework for the development of smaller policies.
Polices relating to health and well-being have since referred to the plan.
The care standards act was a piece of legislation setting out the formal arrangements for the
inspection of standards within care services. The legislation allows the government to make changes to
the current organisation of regulation and inspection. It gives new organisations both duties and powers
to undertake particular work activity.
A white paper is a policy statement relating to a particular aspect of government. The objectives
contained within a white paper do not always require legislation; it may be possible to carry out their
contents within the current framework of law and so no further legislation is required. Whilst they are not
legally binding documents, there is a strong expectation that the contents of white paper are taken on
board by individual authorities.
Policies sometimes have a variety of agendas they aim to address. They link in with each other. For
example, all current policies should aim to
Promote the involvement of service users in planning.
Respond to human rights and equality legislation.
Acknowledge the health and social services agenda.
Develop partnership with the independent sector.
Health and safety procedures describe the activities that need to be carried out for policies to be...