This course is only available to UNISON members.

Dignity: Putting it at the Heart of Health and Social Care

“Treat people as individuals and uphold their dignity” (NMC & NISCC Code).


Improve your practice by developing your ability to articulate how what you do contributes to and upholds dignity. Dignity is at the heart of effective health and social care. But what does dignity mean? How does dignity relate to human rights obligations? People can identify with the notion of dignity and can tell when their dignity has been violated. Dignity is however notoriously difficult to articulate. When health systems fail, an inability to uphold dignity is usually at the centre. If a practitioner can’t describe or explain what dignity means it is difficult if not impossible to ‘uphold dignity’.


This training programme provides participants with a deep understanding of dignity and is aimed at contributing to RQIA goals. It begins with an historical overview of philosophical
approaches to dignity and examines the reasons why it is accepted that all people, including their dead bodies should be treated with dignity. The training is very participative and draws on real life scenarios. It will be delivered Dr. Una Lynch from Sonrisa Solutions Ltd. Dr. Lynch has been a qualified nurse, midwife and health visitor for over thirty years and has worked in academia, policy  and practice and holds a Doctorate in Governance.


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Tutor: Dr Una Lynch

Course Dates


10:00 am - 1:00 pm