Council members

Jan Burns

Jan Burns MBE

Safe and Settled Limited - Director, Chair - NDC

Responsibility:
Chair Lead Strategic Direction of Council

Major area of interest:
Future Development and Sustainabiity of the NDC.-To work effectively and efficiently with all partners to maximise resources and avoid duplication.

Do you currently serve on the governing body of any other organisations:
Trustee for Beacon Centre for the Blind - Sedgley West Midlands, Member of a Care Advisory Board for Supercarers Ltd.

Commitment to the principles and aims of the National Dignity campaign:
I have been involved with the Dignity campaign since its inception in 2008. I believe that dignity should be afforded to everyone as a human right - that it should be integral to how we live our daily lives and interact with others. I am fully committed to the fundamental message the Ten Dignity Do's commands and am dedicated to fulfill my role as a dignity champion, to go the extra mile in inspiring others to join me in ensuring dignity, respect and kindness is accessed by all.

Liz Taylor

Liz Taylor

Stratus Consultancy Ltd - Director, Honorary Secretary - NDC

Responsibility:
Badge administration, administrative support to Council and Chair

Major area of interest:
Networks and support to Champions Ensuring that the Council and Trustees operate within the bounds of the Constitution and the law.

Do you currently serve on the governing body of any other organisations:
Trustee Social Care Support Network; Chair of Board Suffolk Brokerage Ltd.

Commitment to the principles and aims of the National Dignity campaign:
I have been involved in the Dignity Campaign since its inception in 2008. I believe strongly that dignity is and has to be a fundamental part of all our interactions with others, and specifically in care settings where we are working alongside those who are at potentially their most vulnerable. The ten dignity dos give us clear guidance on which to base our interactions and thoughts and to help others understand the importance of dignity and compassion as a keystone. Dignity is indeed everybody's business.

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Frank Ursell

Registered Nursing Home Association, Honorary Treasurer

Responsibility:
Financial management of the Dignity Council

Major area of interest:
Ensuring sufficient funds are raised and that they are efficiently used.

Do you currently serve on the governing body of any other organisations:
Skills for Care Trustee

Commitment to the principles and aims of the National Dignity campaign:
I was one of those invited by the Department of Health to form the original dignity campaign and have been involved ever since. Treating people with dignity and respect has to be at the forefront of all types of care.

Rekha-Elaswarupu

Dr Rekha Elaswarapu

Independent private sector

Responsibility:
An independent Dignity Advisor and keynote speaker.

Major area of interest:
With well over fifteen years of experience in health and social care environment, both in policy and regulation as well as research, I bring a wealth of knowledge of the statutory, voluntary and academic sector to help provide joined up solutions for quality improvement.

Do you currently serve on the governing body of any other organisations:
Trustee of Age UK Ealing; Associate Fellow at the International Longevity Centre UK; Member National Hydration Forum. Formerly the lead for older people strategy at the Healthcare Commission and subsequently at the Care Quality Commission.

Commitment to the principles and aims of the National Dignity campaign:
I have acted as a senior policy advisor specialising in older people, nutrition and hydration, dignity and privacy, end of life, long term conditions, user voice and age discrimination with significant experience of government liaison. I was a key player in the development of many national strategies such as Carers Strategy, Stroke Strategy, Nutrition Action Plan, Hydration Action Plan as well as the Dignity campaign.

Jane-Finnerty

Jane Finnerty

Society of Later Life Advisors - Chair

Major area of interest:
Older/Disabled People

Do you currently serve on the governing body of any other organisations:
Womens Institute

Commitment to the principles and aims of the National Dignity campaign:
Having been a member of the council since 2007 I am committed to furthering the dignity campaign and supporting dignity champions.

Jean Hardiman Smith

Dr Jean Hardiman Smith

Chair - Health and Care Committee of National Pensioners Convention (NPC), Health and Care Policy Advisor - Civil Service Pensioners Alliance

Responsibility:
At the moment projects include an EU wide project on paid carers involving Lancaster University. A total of three National Dignity Council members are serving on an expert team of about 6 people.

Major area of interest:
My doctorate was on ethics, including the ethics of minorities, the sick and disabled.

Do you currently serve on the governing body of any other organisations:
I am also a Patient Ambassador for Self-Management UK. I am a Mentor and Trainer in self-management for Canary Health and Stanford University.

Commitment to the principles and aims of the National Dignity campaign:
I have a number of life limiting conditions, which have led to me being a patient of the NHS since birth, and have a long experience of primary care, secondary care and accident and emergency admissions. I was carer for both my parents until they died, so I have hands on experience of dementia, comorbidities and end of life, so I understand the pressures on carers. I am passionate that everyone should be treated with dignity and respect, most especially at end of life. There is only one chance to get it right, but that can mean the world to bereaved families and loved ones.

Amanda Waring

Amanda Waring

Freelance dignity speaker/ trainer , filmmaker/ campaigner. Curently leading dignity trainings for Southend council, Forrest Care, and Ashfield Consultancy.

Responsibility:
To lead my "train the trainer" courses on dignity and end of life care. To train all care staff.

Major area of interest:
Key note speaking , Making films and writing books and leading trainings to inspire, educate, and motivate.

Do you currently serve on the governing body of any other organisations:
I am Patron of Poole Hospice and Symposium and Action on Elder abuse Lancing. I am on the helper advisory board for Lancaster University.

Commitment to the principles and aims of the National Dignity campaign:
I am a passionate and committed campaigner to improve Dignity and motivate everyone at my talks and trainings with health and social care staff to uphold the principles of dignity. My dignity film "What Do You See?" inspires a change in attitude and an understanding of what needs to improve.

Gillian Moncaster

Gillian Moncaster

Local Authority - Quality and Review Officer

Responsibility:
Dignity Lead, responsible for advising the Council on dignity matters.

Major area of interest:
Network Members are from Local Authorities, Health and Voluntary Sector and its main function is to share good practice and information across the area and has resulted in several joint projects funded by individual Local Authorities and Skills for Care Innovations Fund.

Do you currently serve on the governing body of any other organisations:
Together Dementia Support CIC and runs two successful friendship and activity groups for people living with dementia.

Commitment to the principles and aims of the National Dignity campaign:
In 2014 Gillian gained a prestigious Winston Churchill Fellowship in South Africa, to study dignity and dementia aspects of residential, nursing and domiciliary care for the elderly, exchanging information, experiences, tools and techniques, strengthening existing contacts in this field and establishing many new ones. Her report is available on the WCMT web site http://www.wcmt.org.uk/fellows/reports (opens new window)

Carol Gibbons

Carol Gibbons

Macmillan Cancer Support - Strategic Involvement Lead

Responsibility:
Developing and supporting involvement of people affected by cancer in health and social care.

Major area of interest:
Co-design and co-production between professionals and people with lived experience.

Do you currently serve on the governing body of any other organisations:
No

Commitment to the principles and aims of the National Dignity campaign:
We are learning more all the time about the importance of relational as well as clinical care to both patients/carers and professionals too. Ensuring dignity in care provision is key to ensuring that people have a safe and high quality experience of care in whatever setting it takes place and to ensuring that staff morale remains good and staff feel able to put their values and vocation into practice in their day to day work.

Sharon Blackburn

Sharon Blackburn CBE, RGN RMN

National Care Forum - Policy and Communications Director

Major area of interest:
My national policy role means that I am involved in wide range of topics on behalf of NCF members.

Do you currently serve on the governing body of any other organisations:
I serve as a Trustee of NAPA and a Director of EAHSA and CommonAge.

Commitment to the principles and aims of the National Dignity campaign:
I am passionate about people being treated with Dignity and respect. This is a human right and should shape and inform all we do and are.

Adam Probert

The Hyde Lea Group - Team Leader/Trainer

Responsibility:
Co-ordinating a team of caregivers to meet the needs and requirements of our service users in a person centred, dynamic and progressive way/ to identify and meet the training needs of myself and fellow staff members

Major area of interest:
My major interests are poetry which I write to promote dignity in both health and social care and in general and health psychology in which I hold a masters degree

Do you currently serve on the governing body of any other organisations:
No

Commitment to the principles and aims of the National Dignity campaign:
My passion to promote and spread the values of dignity in care began with my close relationship to my grand parents and when they reached an age where they needed to access care services I witnessed situations in which their dignity was compromised I stood up and challenged these situations as they were unable to and realised there where so many others in the same situation and in their memory promised that I would stand up and represent others whenever it was required .