Celebrating Dignity Action Day
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The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) will hold a be celebrating Dignity Action Day at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH) and Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Telford on Monday 1 February which is led by the National Dignity Council.
Graeme Mitchell, Associate Director of Nursing (Quality and Patient Experience), said:
“Providing our patients with dignified and compassionate care is of paramount importance to the Trust. Our staff take great pride in the care they deliver and we feel it is very important to support the national Dignity Action Day as this helps to raise awareness around some very important issues.
“To mark the day we are holding our own Dignity Awareness Week which will feature a chance for people to pick up useful information and take part in light-hearted activities which have an important message at their heart.”
Each year Dignity Action Day is used to highlight the importance of dignity and respect in providing high quality caring services both in hospitals, in the community or in people’s own homes. It promotes the need for people who use care services to be treated as individuals and to be given choice, control and a sense of purpose in their daily lives. It is important that this care and support is delivered every day by staff who take pride in their work, are sensitive to the needs of people receiving services, and treat people as individuals.
The Trust will use this opportunity to raise awareness of its own Dignity Champions Programme by displaying materials outside the Mytton Oak Restaurant at RSH and the Apley Restaurant at PRH, on Monday 1 February between 12noon and 2pm. Some of the Trust’s 350 Dignity Champions will be distributing leaflets about the programme and displaying posters containing the Dignity Do’s.
Dignity Action Day is an opportunity for the Trust to affirm its commitment to ensuring that all patients and members of the public accessing services are treated with dignity and respect.
The aim of the dignity champions’ programme is to develop a dignity network within the Trust ensuring the implementation of the Department of Health (2006) 10 point Dignity Challenge now referred to as the National Dignity Council’s Dignity Do’s.
To find out more about National Dignity Day visit www.dignityincare.org.uk/