We want dignity to be at the forefront of care providers' work
AT EAST Riding Council we are very passionate about the Dignity In Care campaign, which encourages people to take responsibility for the quality of care in homes, hospitals and through home-help services
Following the Delivering Dignity consultation that was undertaken in 2011, we in adult services have established a working group to look at ways we can promote dignity in all care settings, in everyday practice, as well as in the contracting with providers.
We decided that we needed to do something with providers of both residential and domiciliary care on a large scale across the East Riding to ensure dignity is at the forefront of their everyday work.
The main aim of the workshops was to get as many people to attend as possible to really spread the dignity word.
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As a working group, we developed an agenda for the workshops and arranged three very large scale conferences in Bishop Burton, Bridlington and Goole.
The days have attracted support from health services and the Care Quality Commission among a variety of professionals who have given presentations and carried out interactive sessions with participants.
We have also developed a DVD with input from users of local residential and day services to enable them to say what dignity means to them. The workshop focus has also been to reflect on practice and work in groups to develop a group pledge that will be put forward to formulate an East Riding Dignity Charter, which will be put to public vote and launched on national Dignity Action Day on February 1.
The pledges will be available on our website for public vote and the Charter will also be launched on this day.
We are also looking to co-ordinate a database of events for Dignity Action Day in the East Riding and all conference participants have been reminded of the importance and significance of the day and have been encouraged to mark Dignity Action Day in some way.
The conferences have been very well attended and we could have filled the 300-plus places twice over.
Each provider was asked to nominate a manager and dignity champion to attend and we are happy that through a lot of hard work, time and effort, more than 80 per cent of our 200 providers have attended, as well as internal staff from our care management teams.
Attendees have been asked to sign up as champions through the Dignity In Care Campaign and we have built a dignity network through which we disseminate key articles of interests and best practice ideas.
We have also built dedicated dignity pages on our website.
Following on from these events, we will be delivering Dignity Briefings over ten sessions to about 600 people in the run-up to the end of March.
East Riding Dignity web pages can be found at www2.eastriding.gov.uk/council/working-with-our- partners/adult-social-care/dignity-in-care
For more on Dignity Action Day, visit www.dignityincare.org.uk