Dignity Principles

Dignity Principles

This section of the Dignity Toolkit provides a framework for you to help colleagues to reflect more on the promotion of dignity in their own practice: to keep doing the things they already do to promote dignity in care and to think about how they might develop their practice.

The first part introduces some statements about dignity that you can reflect on and discuss with your colleagues. The statements are derived from the ‘seven common core principles for dignity’ from Skills for Care. The statements are intended to reflect the point of view of the person receiving care (see Appendix 2 – and also http://www.’skillsforcare’.org.uk/Skills/Dignity/Dignity.aspx)

There will be a pocket guide that you and members of your team will be able to work with to develop ideas and understanding further. You can decide if the discussion of this material is better done with individual care givers or in a group discussion. We would like you to keep in mind the following statement:

My Dignity is in Your Hands

Activity 2

To assist colleagues in understanding and applying the dignity statements. You might invite small groups to get together – perhaps at handover time - and ask them to say what they think is meant by each of the following statements:

  1. Support and care for me in ways that value who I am
  2. Communicate with me so that I am understood and my needs are met
  3. Work together to provide care that is safe and respectful of my feelings and to create an environment where I can feel at home
  4. Be prepared to speak up on my behalf and on behalf of others, in order to protect and promote everybody’s dignity.

 Explain how you would like staff to use the pocket guide and suggest a time each month when you can get together to discuss team responses to the questions in the Toolkit and pocket guide. Ask always: ‘how are we doing regarding dignity in care?’ and ‘how can we do better?’

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