SCIE press release

Response to Delivering Dignity report

18 June 2012

SCIE welcomes the new Delivering Dignity Report from the Local Government Association, NHS Confederation and Age UK.

SCIE has always been committed to improving dignity in care for all people who use services. Our Dignity in Care guide, first launched in 2006, is our most popular resource. It provides clear and concise practical advice for care staff. Such materials can – in our view – play a vital role in bringing to such audiences evidence of effectiveness and of good practice, in ways and forms which encourage take-up.

SCIE also hosts and supports the Dignity in Care Network. To date, over 30,000 people working in care, or with an interest in care, have signed up as Dignity Champions. Champions are actively involved in promoting dignity in the workplace.

SCIE strongly supports the report’s recommendation that “public bodies should engage effectively with older people to understand their needs and views.” We involve people who use services in the development of all of our resources and we have recently set up a co-production network to support our work in this area.

SCIE also believes, however, that our resources can only make a difference in services that promote staff development and are receptive to change.

Our resources are accessible and helpful to those who work in a positive and supportive working environment that supports good practice through good leadership, management, training and supervision. People who work in environments that lack these vital characteristics are unlikely to even encounter improvement resources, let alone use them. It is imperative that the drive to address the lack of dignity in care is focused on the root causes and these fundamental areas of improvement.

says Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Executive of SCIE.

Media contact

Steve Palmer | Press and Public Affairs Manager | Tel: 020 7766 7419 | Mob: 07739 458 192 | Email: media@scie.org.uk