To comply with the CQC requirements, care providers should identify and reduce any risks that could jeopardise the safety, security, health and wellbeing of people who use health and care services. The standards also emphasise the rights of people who use services to act with autonomy and take risks.

This topic covers the basics of risk assessment as related to service user safety. It should be used in relation to several other topics, which are referred to throughout and which discuss the surrounding issues in more depth. It does not cover health and safety risks.

The topic Healthcare for Service Users also includes discussion of the risk issues involved in the provision of healthcare for service users.

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