The national dignity in care campaign has aimed to encourage people to register as dignity champions and there are already over 1000 of them in Derby and Derbyshire. Many of them are making changes, usually simple, often cost-free changes which improve the services people have. This is the key point about dignity work - it is about practical changes at the face-to-face point of service delivery.
We want to encourage more people not only to sign up as champions but to also give active meaning to the role by inviting you and your team to check yourselves out in applying for the dignity award.
This is what being a champion means:
This level aims to give local dignity champions and their teams a straightforward way of making progress with the promotion of dignity in their service. People using the services will be the ultimate judges at all levels. The details of dignity award are below.
The Community Respect Award recognises community and voluntary sector organisations within Derby which can demonstrate their ongoing commitment to promoting and delivering dignified services. If your organisation is successful in obtaining the award it will assist you when making applications for funding to Derby City Council and Derby Homes.
Register a Champion(s)
At least one team member confirms they have registered as a dignity champion via the website of the Social Care Institute for Excellence (this offers lots of useful information to you and you will receive regular updates once registered).
Please take the attached 10 Dignity Do’s to your team (points as originally issued by the Department of Health with three prompts added to each one as in the attached Dignity Award guidance and application documents).
Run the challenge with them:
Send a copy of your completed Dignity or Community Respect Award application - either by (preferably) email to DSAB@Derby.gov.uk or by post to Sana Farah, DSAB Business Manager, Safeguarding Adults and Professional Standards Team, People Services, Derby City Council, Council House, Corporation Street, Derby, DE1 2FS
Your completed Dignity or Community Respect Award application will be assessed carefully by members of our interagency working group. If there are any queries they will be raised with you but once it is agreed you have clearly set out sufficient evidence for the Dignity or Community Respect Award and have an action plan resulting from the dignity do’s challenge, then a signed certificate will be sent to you stating that you have achieved the Derby Dignity or Community Respect Award.
The certificate will be valid for two years after which you can repeat the exercise highlighting the achievement of any actions completed in your action plan.
Remember you are not alone; there is a lot of work taking place to improve the dignity component of services. If you need to talk to someone ask for either: