11:50 Monday 04 February 2013

Caring professionals to become 'dignity champions'

Written byBY HELEN KREFT

A NEW silver standard award has been launched at a Swadlincote care home to further improve the way people are treated by social care and health services.

The Silver Dignity award has been launched by Derbyshire County Council at the Oakland Village, in Hall Farm Road, following the success of the bronze award, set up by the authority, in 2011, to start the Derbyshire Dignity Campaign.

The campaign encourages professionals working across the health and social care sector to become ‘dignity champions’ and to test the work of their teams against a 10 point National Dignity care challenge.

Councillor Charles Jones, county council cabinet member for adult care, said: “We are very proud of the Derbyshire Dignity Campaign and are working closely with our health partners to promote dignity and respect in every aspect of the work we do.

“A key test for our staff is asking themselves if they are treating people with the same dignity and respect they would want for themselves or their families.”

The launch of the silver standard comes as the 100th bronze award has been achieved.

Councillor Jones added: “Dozens more teams are close to achieving the bronze award and it is hoped that all bronze holders will now start working towards achieving the new silver standard.

“The launch of the silver award is another way we can continue to drive up standards of care and raise the bar as high as we can.”

Teams will have to show evidence that this work has achieved clear results which have benefited people in a positive way.

Workshops for existing bronze standard holders who want to work towards a silver standard will be held shortly and their efforts will be assessed by a specialist team.

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