Championing improved care

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A SCHEME has been launched to ensure vulnerable people in Sheffield are treated with more respect.

Care workers have been invited to become Dignity Champions, who will adhere to a ‘Dignity Code’, which sets out how everyone receiving care and support is entitled to be treated. The champions will act as ambassadors to support the work.

Helen Rowe, Sheffield Council’s voluntary lead Dignity Champion, who has spent 25 years working in social care, said: “Dignity is not an optional extra but a basic human right.

“It is about seeing the individual person and respecting their space, their choices and their way of life.

“My advice to all those responsible for delivering health and social care is to always ask yourself, would I want to be treated like this?

“Remember the over-riding memory you leave behind with someone when you leave them is how you made them feel.

“We want the Dignity Champions network to celebrate people’s professional commitment and share our best practices of care.”