THE Countess of Chester Hospital will be promoting activities to support Dignity Action Day 2013.
As part of a day of action to promote Dignity in Care, the activities will take place in the hospital’s main entrance tomorrow and then across the hospital throughout the month as part of a wider campaign promoting dignity awareness.
Dignity Action Day is a national initiative led by Dignity in Care to bring staff and members of the public together to make a difference to those in care.
This year the Countess is working closely with Skills For Health, which runs cadet programmes aimed at young people aged 16 to 18.
These programmes give youngsters the chance to study for nationally recognised qualifications while at the same time working and learning alongside professionals.
On Thursday, February 14, the cadets will display their work on dignity in the hospital and will be launching the new cadet dignity promise which highlights what dignity means to them and how they will commit to treating all with dignity and respect.
Head of nursing Sian Williams said: “Providing the best clinical outcomes and highest quality care in a safe, friendly environment where a patient’s dignity is fully respected is one of our six key strategic objectives and dignity with care and compassion is a major focus within the trust.
“With the changing health economy and the changing needs of patients for the future, dignity in care will continue to be a top priority for the Countess.
“Sometimes the most important thing to do is to listen. We would like to use this next month to listen more closely to what our patients and public think about our service so we can continue to improve and get things right for each patient who comes through our doors.”
The Alzheimer’s Society will also be supporting the campaign and there will be opportunities for patients, members of the public and staff to contribute their thoughts.
There will be a ‘listening wall’ positioned near the main entrance where people will be able to post comments about their experience and general views on dignity in healthcare.