Dignity Action Day #DAD2023 is an annual opportunity for health and social care workers, and members of the public to uphold people’s rights to dignity and provide a truly memorable day for people who use care services.
Why is this day important?
Dignity Action Day serves to underline a central element of care that can sometimes be overlooked. The fundamental role of a carer is to care, and dignity is integral to good care. It is a crucial consideration when looking to choose a care environment for a loved one.
Studies show the most common grievances residents within residential care facilities had were:
· Long waiting times
· Lack of integrity in care
· Deteriorating Routines
· Distanced or harsh encounters with carers
· Loss of self-autonomy
It is crucial to remember that demonstrating dignified practices means to deliver excellent “Person-Centred Care”, taking into account the needs, wishes and privacy of the individual.
“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.”
–Dame Joan Bakewell, Dignity in Care Ambassador
How do I participate?
The National Dignity Council is the lead body in taking forward the Dignity in Care Campaign. There are over 49,000 Dignity Champions (both organisations and individuals) working actively to promote dignity in their work settings and challenging poor practice.
We support the @DignityCampaign in its efforts to emphasise improving the quality of care.
Find out ways to join in on their website here. They have plenty of free resources to support you.
Our Brand New Privacy & Dignity Course
In conjunction with Dignity Action Day, CareTutor has released a brand new CPD-Accredited Privacy and Dignity eLearning course. The course was created alongside expert consultants to deliver a detailed insight into Privacy and Dignity and look into applications of the topic when aiding service users in the workplace.
Privacy and Dignity is a required topic included within Standard 7 of the Care Certificate. Managers have a vital responsibility to ensure their staff are trained in this area.
CareTutor has released a new high quality training course to help you meet the needs of this standard efficiently and effectively.
The course helps answer some fundamental questions such as:
· Why are privacy and dignity fundamental to good social care?
· How do I demonstrate privacy and dignity in the workplace?
· Why should the privacy of service users be respected?
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Using scenario-based scenes and advocating good practices, this course will help you to gain a better understanding of the topic and how you can apply it in the social care environment.
*This eLearning course replaces our previous Dignity and Respect Course
If you are an organisation in the Health Care, Care Home or Domiciliary care sector, you can sign your staff up to take our newly launched Privacy and Dignity course to become more aware of the subject and learn how to implement this into their daily practices.