Over 100 people celebrated National Dignity Week at a conference in South Ockendon on Monday (28 February).
The Thurrock Dignity and Safeguarding Conference at the Culver Centre was hosted by Thurrock LINk in association with Thurrock Council and Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions CIC. LINk is made up of individuals and community groups working together to improve health and social care services.
Claire Ogley (Regional Lead for Dignity, at the Department of Health) told the audience that Thurrock is leading the way in regard to raising the profile of Dignity in Care.
Joan Sadler OBE, the Department’s National Director Patient and Public Affairs, also praised Thurrock for the work it is doing in this important area.
Maintaining service users’ dignity is the thing that is valued above all others by people who receive services. The conference, as well as providing training on safeguarding and upholding dignity, hosted the first Thurrock Dignity in Care Awards.
The awards celebrated services that demonstrated that they promote Dignity in everything they do and put service users’ first. Four local organisations passed a stringent series of tests to secure their award and they were presented with a certificate and a Dignity Rose to plant.
Four local organisations reached the required standard: Satash Community Project; Bluebell Court Residential Nursing Home owned by Executive Care, John Stanley Care Agency as part of Manor Court, and Collins House which is a care home run by Thurrock Council. John Stanley were also presented with the first presentation of the Best Practice in Dignity shield which will be presented annually in future.
This event also launched a new award that will look for individuals who go the extra mile.