Promoting dignity in care

Posted: January 31, 2012

Trust supports Dignity Action Day

GWH is raising awareness of the importance of dignity in care by supporting National Dignity Action Day (Wednesday 1 February 2012).
 
Organised by the SCIE (Social Care Institute for Excellence) Dignity Action Day gives everyone the opportunity to contribute to upholding people's rights to dignity.  The day aims to ensure people in care are treated as individuals, and are given choice, control and a sense of purpose.  It asks everybody, members of the public and health and social care staff to consider dignity in care and make a difference.
 
The Trust has its own Dignity Group made of members of staff from differing disciplines, Wards and Departments all with a shared interest in promoting dignity in care; there are also a number of Dignity Champions within the Trust, these are Nursing staff whose role it is to encourage good practice in providing dignified care.
 
Carol Black, Matron and Dignity Lead at GWH said:
 
"Dignity is integral to all aspects of care, and it can sometimes be just the small things that really make a difference.  This can include making sure patients are called by their preferred name, encouraging their independence by letting them go to the toilet or wash by themselves if able, and also making sure they are not disturbed when receiving personal care, by placing a notice or coloured peg on the curtains around their bed."
 
The Trust also operates protected meal times on wards where activity is reduced to promote a relaxed atmosphere; this allows patients to eat at regular periods without being disturbed.
 
She continues: "As a Trust we are celebrating Dignity Action Day and our theme is 'Dignity Every Day Not Just Today.'  There will be stands on the day in the main atrium reception at GWH and in the Academy to promote the dignity message and share good practice ideas; different Wards and Departments will also be promoting the day in their own areas."
 
"We hope that by having a themed day we will be able to prompt individuals and teams to reflect on dignity in care in the working day and maybe encourage small changes in the way we work to promote dignity."
 
If you would like to become a Dignity Champion you can do this by visiting www.scie.org.uk and searching under Dignity In Care Network.

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