The Dignity Network is a group of like-minded people who are committed to promoting dignity as a crucial underpinning principle in the provision of social and health care to older, disabled and other vulnerable people in our area. The Network is formally affiliated to the Safeguarding Adults Board and reports to it regularly.
What do we mean by Dignity?
We see the Dignity Challenge which the Department of Health launched in 2006 as providing a sound basis for the development and promotion of dignity. It consists of a simple set of commitments which are accessible, easily understood and realistic, notably:
- Have zero tolerance of all forms of abuse
- Support people with the same respect you would want for yourself or a member of your family
- Treat each person as an individual by offering a personalised service
- Enable people to maintain the maximum possible level of independence, choice and control
- Listen and support people to express their needs and wants
- Respect people's right to privacy
- Ensure people feel able to complain without fear of retribution
- Engage with family members and carers as care partners
- Assist people to maintain confidence and a positive self-esteem
- Act to alleviate people's loneliness and isolation
What does the Network do?
Among the activities which the Dignity Network has undertaken over the last couple of years are:
- Undertaken a survey across the local health and care sector of the extent to which dignity is embedded in people's work
- Celebrated National Dignity Day 2013 by doing a well-publicised walk of 11 miles between Haughmond Hill and the Wrekin
- Taking all available opportunities to promote dignity and the Dignity Challenge
For further details about the Telford and Shropshire Dignity Network please contact firstname.lastname@example.org