Staff at Tameside Hospital have been promoting their promise to dignity in care for Dignity Action Day (Saturday 1st February).
Everyone from nurses, doctors, cadets and interns on work placement at Tameside Hospital took the time to refresh the importance and value of dignity in care to ensure the care they provide always respects the needs of our patients and their families.
The Hospital‟s Cadets, who are a team of students from local colleges completing work based placements at Tameside Hospital, set up an information stand in the main reception to attract patients, families and staff to come and learn more about our dignity promise.
Pamela Dalton, Healthcare Cadet Clinical Educator said: “Dignity Action Day highlights a more respectful way of behaving towards vulnerable people. The very old and the very young clearly need our respect, but it wouldn't do any harm to spread the dignity message across the population – then we can all benefit. It is important these values around dignity in care are embraced by our cadets who are just starting their careers in healthcare, this way; they can use this as an inspiration in everything they do from the offset. It also helps us to instill the „respect‟ as one of our important core values. ”
Hospital interns also took part in creating a dignity tree. The session, facilitated by Tameside College and Pure Innovation, a charity that supports people with disabilities to lead a fulfilled life, involved the interns describing their pledge to Dignity in Action Day and displaying it on the tree as a symbol of their promise. The purpose of the exercise was for each of the interns to show how dignity in care relates to their individual jobs within the hospital and what they could do in practice to ensure they fulfill this.
Rumbi Zindoga Domestic Assistant for Women‟s Health Unit” pledged: “I would like to support people with the same respect I or my family would want in hospital. I will speak to patients on the ward I‟m always polite and listen to them.”