The Difference Between Legislation, Policies, Procedures And Guidelines

explanatory Essay
1433 words
1433 words

The difference between legislation, policy, procedures and guidelines are, legislation is an act of parliament. This is a document that has a legal requirement to follow it, either in work, social or personal situations. A couple of examples of a Legalisation would be. Health and Safety at work act 1974 and Data protection Act 1998. These both have to be followed as they are a legal requirement which could potentially lead to a safeguarding issue or even prosecution. Usually all Legislations have ‘ACT’ on the end. Policy is a document which is usually kept in your work place office which holds the important information but a shorter version of a Legislation, and what you could relate to in a work place when you need a basis for standards and training. A Procedure is usually paperwork which gives you step by step guidance on what to do in certain situations. A single policy may be supported by a number of producers for example; Safeguarding may have a number of different procedures to follow in a particular situation.
‘Health and Safety at work act 1974’ is a very important Legislation when working in healthcare as this is here to keep everybody involved as safe as possible. This has a huge contribution to health care provisions as it involves mainly everything with the job, it will include providing the right training for the certain job they do, carrying out risk assessment for service uses and the equipment used. Making sure there is a safe environment to be working and providing the correct information on health and safety. There are many policies under this one legislation for example, First Aid. Every staff member working for the NHS and in health care should all have this basic training in case needed in an emergency. The...

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...hat has worked and what hasn’t. If a student for example is taking blood for the first time and something goes wrong, they don’t find the right vein. Reflective practise would help that student to understand what he/she done wrong while carrying out the procedure and how they could stop that from happening again. Not is only reflective practice good for pointing out the bad factors of something but can also be there for when a procedure goes exceptionally well. If a health professional finds a certain technique works better than what’s in place already, reflective practise is a good way to shear the information you found with other colleges so they can carry out that particular producer. Gibbs 1988 is an example of reflective practice, he uses six stages when doing reflective practice which include Description, feelings, evaluation, analyse, analyse and actions plan.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains the difference between legislation, policy, procedures, and guidelines. legislation is an act of parliament and has a legal requirement to follow.
  • Explains that the health and safety at work act 1974 is a very important legislation when working in healthcare as it is here to keep everyone involved as safe as possible.
  • Explains that the nhs struggles getting enough nurses due to funding, and can't afford to lose staff because of not following legislations and procedures.
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