26 January 2017

Dementia Wellbeing Service collaborates with The British Institute of Human Rights

Dementia logoThe Dementia Wellbeing Service has collaborated with The British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) to create a range of resources that raise awareness of human rights in mental health.

The newly-published documents are designed for use by mental capacity and mental health practitioners. The eight toolkits focus on mental capacity, human rights and mental health and have been created with the aim of improving practitioners' confidence and knowledge to create and deliver services that respect people's human rights.

Over two years the Dementia Wellbeing Service, along with six other health and social care providers, took part in BIHR's "Delivering Compassionate Care: Connecting Human Rights to the Frontline" project. These organisations worked alongside BIHR to produce the resources, providing help, ideas and advice. Staff from the service were also given bespoke training days during which they gained a comprehensive understanding of service users' rights and employee duties under the Human Rights Act.

"It was a huge privilege to work so closely with BIHR and this experience has had a positive impact upon the service and the delivery of care to our service users," says Lisa Clevely, senior dementia practitioner and a human rights champion in the Dementia Wellbeing Service.

All the guides are available to download online. If you would like further information please contact Lisa at lisaclevely@nhs.net.

BIHR is a charity working to bring human rights to life in the UK, by supporting organisations to use human rights to improve services and ensure people are treated with dignity and respect.

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