The ENACT team appreciate that you may have to be creative in the ways you use the Toolkit in your everyday practice. We suggest the following options related to the time you may have for a dignity session with your colleagues:
A regular one hour slot with your team every 2 weeks - you could use the Toolkit as follows:
Session 1 – Sections 1 and 2 [Understanding Dignity & Dignity Principles] – invite team members to discuss Activity 1 and to comment on staff and residents/relatives responses in the Toolkit – how did their responses compare. Invite team members to discuss Activity 2 and finish by asking ‘how are we doing regarding dignity in care?’ and ‘how can we do better?’ Make a note of the responses so you can come back to this later.
Session 2 – Section 3 [Communicating Dignity] – Select 2 of the activities and invite team members to participate. Invite them to add to the ‘top tips’ at the end of the section.
Session 3 – Section 4 [Dignity Group Conversations] – Before the meeting, ask one of your team to bring along an example of a practice situation she/he found challenging. Use the DIGNITY framework to talk through the situation. Finish by asking what was learnt from the discussion.
Session 4 – Section 5 [Ethical Leadership & Empowerment] – Use this session to introduce the idea of ‘ethical leadership’ and invite your colleagues to say if they think everyone can be an ‘ethical leader’. Try out Activities 9 & 10 with the team.
At the end of the sessions reflect on how it has gone and complete Activities 11 & 12.
An occasional 30 minute/1 hour session – Select a section of the Toolkit that seems most relevant to your care home and select one or two activities that you think would work best with your team. For example, if ‘Communicating Dignity’ is most relevant, you might get 3 team members to role play a care situation and to give each other feedback (Activity 4).
Short sessions before or after handover or team meeting – 5 or 10 minutes – Keeping dignity on the agenda is an important part of your ethical leadership. If you have a shorter time, you should ask ‘what did I do today to show I respect the dignity of the people I care for and work with?’ Celebrate the actions that respect dignity.