Celebrating Dignity (Feb 2013)

1st February 2013 was National Dignity Action Day and the South Gloucestershire Dignity Champions Network meeting was held on this day to celebrate the achievements that have taken place over the last few years both in South Gloucestershire and across the country.Jan Burns, the independent chair of the National Dignity Council was the main speaker. Jan had opened the very first South Gloucestershire Dignity Network in 2010 and was very pleased to be invited to this special showcase event in 2013. The meeting was another successful event with over 85 people present.

Jan gave a national perspective and providers showcased some of the work they have done to help improve dignity. Jan explained why there was a need for a National Dignity Campaign and focused on what it means to each of us. Nationally over 45,000 champions have signed up to the national website.

Jan Burns shared an example of a care provider turning the 10 point dignity challenge into a statement.

Enable people to maintain the maximum possible level of independence, choice and control.
Question any potential abuse and have a zero tolerance of all forms of abuse
Understand and respect individual’s rights to privacy.
Act to alleviate people’s loneliness and isolation.
Liaise and engage with family members and carers and treat them as care partners.

Let people know they have a right to complain without fear of retribution.
Individualised services that are person centered and meet the needs of the individual.
Validate and respect individuals needs and choices.
Enable individuals to maintain confidence and positive self-esteem.
Support people with the same respect you would want for yourself or a member of your family.

SGNL - Issue 5

SG Dignity Network – 5th Edition – March 2013 Newsletter