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Dignity - networking

A number of networks and support groups have grown up with the preservation and promotion of dignity as their focus. This listing highlights this activity and signposts the good practices that have been shared.

6C’s Live: Communication hub
6Cs Live! supports the delivery of the six areas of action defined by the Compassion in Practice strategy and vision based on the 6Cs – care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment  - which was launched by the Chief Nursing Officer of England in December 2012. It builds on the earlier Energise for Excellence initiative to support nurses, midwives and care staff by signposting to evidence based tools and techniques as well as examples of how colleagues from across the country have delivered improvement in the six areas of action. Communities of Practice for specific areas of interest are in development.  

A dignified revolution
This initiative was launched in January 2008 by a group of individuals, mostly nurses, who wanted to improve the care of older people in hospital. The website has a forum, blog, and useful resources area which includes links to case studies, leaflets and publications.

Dignity in care network
The Department of Health Dignity in Care campaign was launched in 2006. It aims to stimulate a national debate around the need for people receiving care services to be treated with dignity, with a zero-tolerance approach to the abuse of, and disrespect towards, older people. This website, hosted by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) provides links to dignity networks, news, key resources and information on how to become a dignity champion. View: Dignity Champions' networks.
Information about the National Dignity Council is also available on this website. The Council currently meets every two months and aims to shape and influence the work of the Dignity in Care Network and to campaign and support Dignity Champions - see National Dignity Council

King's Fund: Patient and family-centred care
The Patient and Family-centred Care programme is run as a partnership between The King's Fund and the Health Foundation. The programme is led by clinicians with recent training and practical experience in health care improvement. It includes leadership development and on-site support for teams, and delivers a series of learning events and rapid improvement days, supported by expert coaching and mentoring.

King's Fund: Schwartz Center Rounds
The King's Fund piloted Schwartz Center Rounds® in the NHS from 2009-13. This work is now being being continued by the Point of Care Foundation. Developed by The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare, the Rounds support staff to provide compassionate care.

My Home Life
This collaborative programme is aimed at improving the quality of life of those who are living, dying, visiting and working in care homes for older people.

Social Services Improvement Agency (SSIA): Learning from others - notable practice on-line resource
The Social Services Improvement Agency has a database of case studies and examples of good practice ranging across all service areas. Enter 'dignity' as a keyword to search the database for examples of good practice of dignity in care.