The Care Value Base was devised by the Care Sector Consortium in 1992 in order to provide a common
of principles and values for workers and professionals in health and social care. For the first time the Health
Social Care industry had basic premises from which ethical decisions and judgemnets could be made.
The Care Value Base
comprised of five elements
Anti discriminatory practice - which involves the avoidance of discrimination outlawed by the Sex Act 1975, Race Relations Act 1976 and Disabled Persons Act 1986
Confidentiality - clients have a right to expect information about them will be kept confidential. Their rights are clearly set out in the Data Protection Act 1984, to Health Records Act 1990 and Access to Personal Files Act 1987. In each piece of legislation provision is for care workers to breach confidentiality where risk to clients or others exists
Individual rights - by promoting individual and choice health workers seek to empower clients to make decisions about their treatment and care
Personal beliefs and - all users of health and social care have a right to privacy and a right to maintain their beliefs in relation to self, religion, ethics, culture and sexual preference.
Health and social care practitioners
this core value base and are supposed to behave in a way consistent with it. Ethical dilemmas in health
social care are tackled by reference to the care value base.