As in all service settings, in the NHS, and on specifically on wards, all of the points of the dignity challenge are relevant and should be observed by staff.

Research from the Social Care Institute for Excellence highlights many situations and practices within hospitals where the dignity of patients may be compromised, including:

(To read more about these 'things that matter' please go to the respecting dignity resource section.)

Resources for within NHS settings include guidance sometimes aimed at patients, or at staff, or both. There is a great deal of good work being done nationally to address areas of care lacking dignity. Here are a few resources promoting best practice: