UWE hosts Dignity in Care event to promote better care for the old and vulnerable

Issue date: 26 January 2012

Dignity in Care

Date: 1 February 2012
Venue: UWE Bristol Glenside Campus
Time: 13:30-16:30

To mark Dignity Action Day on 1 February 2012, UWE Bristol's Faculty of Health and Life Sciences is hosting a free workshop 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. The UWE Bristol event is called 'Equipping Dignity Champions for Professional Practice.' It aims to explore what 'dignity' means in contemporary health care settings, and to promote positive practice.

Professor Robin Means from UWE said, “The event is an opportunity for students of nursing, midwifery, social work, occupational therapy 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. Our students are committed to promote dignity in care and this event aims to develop and equip them for the challenges that professional practice brings.”

The programme for the day will include the premiere of the Dignity in Care Demonstration Movie, and a series of introductory workshops on:

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

· Alzheimer's Cafe – exploring dignity of care in a cafe context

· Care to be a nurse? A selection workshop on how to recruit compassionate, caring students for nursing practice

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

· Dignity in childbirth

Places are free but limited and can be booked at UWE's online store.


Editor's notes

· The 'Equipping Dignity Champions for Professional Practice' event takes place on Wednesday 1 February 2012, 13.30-16.30 at UWE's Glenside Campus, Blackberry Hill, Stapleton, Bristol BS16 1DD. For more information contact Melody Carter on 0117 328 8909, melody.carter@uwe.ac.uk

· 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 http://www.dignityincare.org.uk/DAD/About/

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