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Confidentiality is an important issue because without it professionals would find it difficult to build relationships with their clients Trust in a carerclient relationship is important as a client would not want to share personal information with someone if they felt it was not confidential and Fulford 2001 agrees that confidentiality is a function of relationships This could be why new employees in the caring profession find it difficult to relate to their clients until a relationship has been formed When a person gives information about themselves to other people such as doctors or carers that person is giving their consent for the professional to share the information given This kind of consent is known as implicit consent It is when a person gives consent with out realising they have and unless they specifically ask for the information to be strictly confidential then that information will be shared amongst other professionals within that profession Unit23 p67 This kind of consent is usually present when a client or resident can not make decisions about their information being shared maybe the client is unconscious or has learning disabilities The Department of Health 1996 states those professionals in this position must be trusted to act in their patients best interests Another type of consent is known as explicit consent This is consent given with the patient or client knowing about it For instance if a person was filling out a form and it stated that the information provided on the form is shared among other professionals it would then ask for a signature to allow for this sharing to occur In todays working environment it is common place for people other than professionals to have access to their employees records Having access to these records can help management to promote a persons professional development Unit 25 p53 Having policies employment contracts and codes of practice should enforce confidentiality However it is common knowledge that care
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