Derbyshire health bosses are backing an action day aimed at upholding patients’ rights to dignity during healthcare.
Dignity Action Day, which is on Saturday, is part of a national campaign to inspire health and social care staff to place dignity and compassion at the heart of care services, as well as encouraging local people to promote dignity in their own communities.
Dr Richard Bull, Deputy Chair of NHS North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “We are fully committed to the NHS Constitution which lays down dignity and respect as a patients’ right. It is also among the values we strongly uphold.
“That means that we respect as individuals our patients, their families or carers, and our staff. We seek to understand their priorities, needs, abilities and limits.
“Dignity Action Day gives everyone the opportunity to remember the important of upholding people’s rights to dignity. It also aims to ensure people who use care services are given choice, control and a sense of purpose in their daily lives.”
Dr Bull urged local people to help promote greater dignity in healthcare by pointing out good examples when they come across them, and challenging others’ behaviour when respect and dignity are lacking.
“Even if you only have occasional contact with care services as a patient, user of services or visitor, you can still play a key role in helping create a positive culture in care services,” he added.
“If you see someone providing wonderful care that really respects people’s dignity, make sure you let them know you appreciate it, such as by saying ‘thank you’. If you become aware of lack of respect and dignity, make sure that those in positions of authority become aware of it.”