Brimington Surgery proves it cares

MP Toby Perkins helped staff at Brimington Surgery celebrate achieving the Derbyshire Dignity Award.
MP Toby Perkins helped staff at Brimington Surgery celebrate achieving the Derbyshire Dignity Award.
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Brimington Surgery has become the first in the Chesterfield area to achieve the Derbyshire Dignity Award.

The accolade is given to care services which can prove that all their staff respect people’s dignity.

The surgery had to submit a detailed application which was then assessed by a panel of professionals in the field of health and social care.

Julie Rutter, practice manager, said “This award is the result of a great team effort and recognises the dedication of everyone here in treating all our patients with dignity and respect. 

“We are delighted to be the first practice in the area to achieve this award.”

The award was recognised during the practice’s recent Care Quality Commission inspection.

It gave the surgery an ‘outstanding’ rating in the category for caring.

Dr Emma Fordham, dignity champion for the practice, said “We are extremely proud of this recent award which has been achieved through the commitment and hard work of all of our team at Brimington Surgery.

“We are very appreciative of the support of our patients during these challenging times in the NHS.”

To achieve the Derbyshire Dignity Award, care services must prove their staff follow ten values and actions, including:

• Supporting people with the same respect they would want for themsleves or a member of their family

• Treating each person as an individual by offering a personalised service

• Enabling people to maintain the maximum possible level of independence, choice and control

• Having a zero tolerance of all forms of abuse

• Respecting people’s right to privacy