Dignity Action Day 1st February 2018
Dignity Action Day #DAD2018 is an annual opportunity for health and social care workers, and the public, to uphold people’s rights to dignity and provide a truly memorable day for people who use care services.
It is an annual event, taking place on 1 February, which forms part of the national Dignity in Care campaign aiming to put dignity and respect not only at the heart of care services but also in the hearts, minds and actions of everyone.
Dignity in Care is a national campaign working towards changing the culture of care services; and placing greater emphasis on improving the quality of care and the experiences of residents who use services such as NHS Hospitals, community services, care homes and home support services.
Dignity in Care affects everyone. We will all come into contact with health or social care services at some point in our lives and everyone deserves the right to be treated with dignity and respect. Led by the National Dignity Council, Dignity Champions are part of a national network of over 90,000 people and organisations who are working to put dignity and respect at the heart of UK care services to enable a positive experience of care.
A Dignity Champion is someone who believes passionately that being treated with dignity is a basic human right, not an optional extra. They believe that care services must be compassionate, person-centred, efficient, and are willing to try to do something to achieve this. Dignity Champions have all pledged to challenge poor care, to act as good role models and, through specific guidelines issued by the campaign, to educate and inform all those working around them.
Dignity Champions include health and social care managers and frontline staff as well as doctors, nurses, dieticians, porters, MPs, councillors, members of local action groups, and people from voluntary and advocacy organisations. People who use care services, their relatives and carers, and members of the public, are also becoming Dignity Champions. You can sign up to become a Dignity Champion online at www.dignityincare.org.uk
Dignity Action Day #DAD2018 is an annual opportunity for health and social care workers, and the public, to uphold people’s rights to dignity and provide a truly memorable day for those who use care services. Supporting the day will raise awareness of Dignity in Care; give someone an extra special day; demonstrate that everybody in the community has a role to play in upholding Dignity in Care; remind the public that staff have a right to be treated with dignity and respect too; and provide a great community networking opportunity.
Health and social care workers can promote dignity in their work place, while the public are encouraged to promote dignity for people in their local communities. There will also be social media activity on the day using the hashtag #DAD2018.