UWE promotes better care and dignity for old and vulnerable people

Issue date: 30 January 2013


Dignity Action Day

To mark Dignity Action Day on 6 February 2013, UWE Bristol's Faculty of Health and Life Sciences is hosting an event for health and social care professionals and students. The event is part of the health and social care profession's response to public concern about dignity of care for older and vulnerable people.

Dignity Action Day is a national event organised by the Dignity in Care network, which is hosted by the Social Care Institute for Excellence.

Following the success of the 2012 event, the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences (in collaboration with the Higher Education Academy) is hosting another special event for health and social care students and professionals. The event will critically explore what 'dignity' means in contemporary health care settings, and promote good practice.

Workshops include:

• The Dignity of Care Experience – participate in simulated care in a facilitated environment

• What is 'dignity'? Critical thinking on Dignity in Society

• Dignity in Pregnancy and Childbirth

• Creative Arts in Health - humanising health care

• Dignity, disgust and despair: supporting the unpopular patient

• Valuing People Now? Learning from Winterbourne View

• West of England Care and Repair: There's no place like home: independent living, freedom and dignity

Dr Melody Carter, from UWE said, “This event is an opportunity for students of nursing, midwifery, social work and all allied health professions to come together to explore and debate the issues. As well as students, we will have participants from local health and social care organisations enabling us to take a partnership approach to education for dignity in care. The event is fully booked which demonstrates the way that our students are committed to promote dignity in care. This event aims to develop and equip them for the challenges that professional practice brings and improve the care they provide to vulnerable people.

Editor's notes

Dignity Action Day aims to highlight the need to ensure people in care are treated as individuals, are given choice, control and a sense of purpose in their daily lives and provide stimulating activities. For more information see Dignity Action Day

Event information:

http://bit.ly/128Xjim

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