Dignity in Care in Wales
Whilst the DH Dignity in Care Campaign is primarily aimed at health and social care services in England, dignity in care is also a priority issue for the Welsh Assembly Government.
The Welsh Assembly Government launched their first Dignity in Care programme in October 2007. It will focus on several areas to ensure that older people are treated with respect and dignity.
- It is important to raise awareness of the need to respect older people's dignity and the existing standards already in place. A series of regional events will take place in the coming months to highlight this within the NHS and social services;
- All organisations with an interest in older people must work together to improve the care and support for older people;
- Work will be undertaken to review training of staff to ensure it includes issues dignity explicitly.
- As part of the ongoing reviews of the National Service Framework for Older People, Health Inspectorate Wales, the Care Standards Inspectorate Wales and the Wales Audit Office will report on best practice across Wales and identify areas needing further attention;
- The National Leadership and Innovations Agency in Healthcare and the Social Services Improvement Agency will develop action plans to support improvements; and,
- Respecting the dignity of older people must be part of local strategies for improving health, social care and well-being of local people.
To support the first phase of the Dignity and Respect in Care Programme, the Welsh Assembly Government provided £2000 funding to each of the Trusts in Wales plus teaching resource material, including work books, case studies and DVDs. The money and resource materials were used to raise staff awareness of issues related to dignity and respect in caring for older people and determine an action plan for the Trust.
Numerous developments are underway in Wales including:
- Academic research on Dignity in Care;
- the establishment of a group called 'A Dignified Revolution' in January 2008, this group promotes awareness of issues in health and social care through their regular newsletters to the public;
- the Help the Aged 'My home life' UK initiative, which has just been awarded funding for a project in Wales; and
- ongoing engagement with professional associations such as the Royal College of Nursing, who launched a national (UK) dignity in care campaign on 25th June 2008.