THE Countess of Chester Hospital is holding events to raise dignity awareness.

The activities began in the main entrance on Dignity Action Day itself, February 1, and will continue across the hospital this month as part of a wider campaign promoting dignity awareness.

This year the Countess is working closely with Skills For Health. The Skills for Health Academy North West, working in partnership with local trusts and further education colleges, runs cadet programmes aimed at young people aged 16-18. Offered in a range of occupational areas, these give the chance to study for nationally recognised qualifications while ‘'working' and learning alongside health professionals in an NHS environment.

Dignity Action Day is a national initiative led by the Dignity in Care Campaign and its key partners to bring staff and members of the public together to make a difference to those in care.

Alzheimer's Society is also supporting the trust’s campaign and there will be opportunities for patients, members of the public and staff to contribute their thoughts on dignity.

There is a ‘listening wall’ near the hospital’s main entrance where people can post comments about their experience and views on dignity in healthcare.

In addition, on Thursday, February 14, the cadets will display their work on the dignity agenda at the Countess and launch the Cadet Dignity Promise, which highlights what dignity means to them and how they will commit to treating all with dignity and respect.

Sian Williams, head of nursing at the hospital, 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.

“We would like to use this 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 that comes through our doors.”

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