Dignity Action Day – 1st February 2016

 In Mental Health, Mental Health Act, Pharmacy Information, Quality Management

Dignity Action Day is an important day to put in your diary, as it highlights people’s rights to dignity while receiving care, and aims to make sure these people are “treated as individuals” and “are given a choice, control and a sense of purpose in their daily lives”.

Dame Joan Bakewell, Dignity in Care Ambassador said:

“Dignity Action Day highlights a more respectful way of behaving towards vulnerable people. The very old and the very young clearly need our respect, but it wouldn’t do any harm to spread the dignity message across the population then we can all benefit.”

The Dignity in Care website thinks these are the benefits that will be enjoyed by you supporting Dignity Action Day:

  • Raise awareness of the importance of Dignity in Care
  • Provide someone with an extra special day
  • Demonstrate that everybody in the community has a role to play in upholding Dignity in Care
  • Remind the public that staff have a right to be treated with dignity and respect too
  • Provide a great community networking opportunity.

Treating your patients with dignity is not only important to the patients and families, but it is also an integral part of your regulatory compliance. One of the CQC Fundamental standards is dedicated to dignity and respect, which are the standards the CQC expects hospitals to be adhering to.

The CQC fundamental standards say “Patients must be treated with dignity and respect at all times while they’re receiving care and treatment.

This includes making sure:

  • They have privacy when they need and want it.
  • Everybody is treated as equals.
  • They are given any support they need to help them remain independent and involved in their local community”.

 

References

http://www.dignityincare.org.uk/Dignity_in_Care_events/Dignity_Action_Day/What_is_Dignity_Action_Day/

http://www.cqc.org.uk/content/fundamental-standards

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