UNISON Northern Ireland

Dignity – Putting It at the Heart of Health & Social Care

Event Date: 
29 Aug 2019 - 10:00 to 16:00

UNISON Belfast

“Treat people as individuals and uphold their dignity” (NMC & NISCC Code).  Improve your practice by developing your ability to articulate how what you do contributes to and upholds the dignity of the people with whom you are working.   Dignity is at the heart of effective health and social care. But what does dignity mean?   How does dignity relate to human rights obligations? People can identify with the notion of dignity and can tell when their dignity has been violated. Dignity is however notoriously difficult to articulate. And when health systems fail – an inability to uphold to dignity is usually at the centre.  If a practitioner can’t describe or explain what dignity means it is difficult if not impossible to ‘uphold dignity’.  This training programme provides participants with a deep understanding of dignity. It begins with an historical overview of philosophical approaches to dignity. It examines the reasons why it is accepted that all people, including their dead bodies should be treated with dignity.  The training is very participative and draws on real life scenarios and situations.  It will be delivered by Dr Una Lynch, from Sonrisa Solutions Ltd., qualified nurse, midwife and health visitor for over thirty years who has worked in academia, policy and practice.


Further sessions of this workshop will be run on 

10am - 4pm  

Tues 24th Sept Newry 

Tues 5th Nov Coleraine

This course is eligible for backfill funding for attendees who work in domiciliary/home care, day care or supported living in the private and community/voluntary sector under the Training for the Domiciliary Care Workforce Project administered by NISCC.  You must get approval from your employer in advance.