Dignity Action Day Meeting the Dignity Challenge Dignity Action Day The first Dignity Action Day took place on 25th February 2010. The aim of the day is to: Provide an opportunity for Raise awareness people to come together and of the importance do something extra special of Dignity in Care Promote the ‘Dignity Challenge’ Remind society that everyone has a role to play in promoting dignity Remind people that staff have a right to be treated with dignity and respect too Be part of a national celebration and demonstrate solidarity for Dignity in Care Why are we marking Dignity Action Day? Recent media attention, high profile abuse cases and Government reports highlight that people are still not always treated with dignity and respect both in social care settings and in hospitals. What is the Dignity Challenge? Dignity in Care campaign began in November 2006 and was launched by the Department for Health in partnership with the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE). The aim was to inspire health and social care staff, service users and local people to place dignity and compassion at the heart of care services, and in their communities. The Dignity Challenge sets out a clear statement of what people should expect from a high quality service that respects dignity. What is the Dignity Challenge? 1) Have a zero tolerance of all forms of abuse 2) Support people with the same respect you would want for yourself or a member of your family 3) Treat each person as an individual by offering a personalised service 4) Enable people to maintain the maximum possible level of independence, choice and control 5) Listen and support people to express their needs and wants What is the Dignity Challenge? 6) Respect people’s right to privacy 7) Ensure people feel able to complain without fear of retribution 8) Engage with family members and carers as care partners 9) Assist people to maintain confidence and positive self esteem 10) Act to alleviate people’s loneliness and isolation What does dignity mean to YOU? Using a person’s preferred form of address Being discreet about personal or sensitive issues Not being patronising Support to participate in social activities in the local community Not ignoring or ‘talking over’ someone Consistency of care Dignity Allowing people the time to do things for themselves Listening to and respecting a person’s views and wishes Maintaining Recognising what a privacy during person has to offer personal care Respecting each person’s unique life story Applying the Dignity Challenge • Treating service users with dignity • Treating staff with respect • Being treated with dignity and respect by professionals such as GPs • Being treated and treating people with respect in the local community What are Creative Support doing to uphold the Dignity Challenge? - Corporate pledge about meeting the Dignity Challenge - Holding a Dignity Action Month throughout February - Establishing a network of Dignity Champions -Special staff supervisions and team meetings centred around dignity - Dignity Satisfaction Questionnaires. An action plan will be developed based on the results - Special edition newsletter - Developing a direct observation template to ensure staff are upholding dignity in their day-to-day practice and a new section on Dignity in the Support Worker Handbook (to be rolled out from Feb 2012) What can I do to get involved? If you feel we are not upholding our corporate pledge at all times, you must tell us! As part of Creative Support’s designated Dignity Action Month we are encouraging staff, service users, family members, friends and other stakeholders to sign up to become ‘Dignity Champions’ and ‘Public Champions’. The role of a Dignity Champion • Stand up and challenge disrespectful behaviour rather than just tolerate it • Act as good role models by treating other people with respect, particularly those who are less able to stand up for themselves • Speak up about Dignity to improve the way that services are organised and delivered • Influence and inform colleagues (staff Dignity Champions) • Listen to and understand the views and experiences of individuals How to sign up Sign up on the website: http://www.dignityincare.org.uk/BecomingADignityChampi on/ Complete one of our forms and we will sign you up via the website and you will also be entered into a prize draw with a chance to win a £20 Marks and Spencer voucher. You must tell us ‘I am a Dignity Champion because…’ "Dignity in Care must be everybody's business. I hope people will step up to this challenge and do whatever is in their power to make a difference" Michael Parkinson Dignity Champion Committed to meeting the Dignity Challenge!