Putting the Common Core Principles for Dignity into practice

Using the Skills for Care resource ‘Common Core Principles for Dignity’ Monica Newton-Bailey from Prestige Nursing and Care explains how they have used the Principles to develop dignity training to truly personalise a service.

We currently provide 24 hour care for a client who has learning disabilities, living in the community. It was decided that it would be most useful to individualise the training so that the team would be able to engage more readily with the learning materials and this was very effective. Working in this way enabled the team to share ideas and gave them a sense of unity. It also helped with the team being able to fully understand the need to work with continuity and generated a lot of positivity with how they could continue and go forward with delivering a much valued service for the client.

“The team expressed how valuable they had felt the learning was for them”

Common Core Principles for DignityWe have delivered the Common Core Principle for Dignity training on 3 occasions now, which ran for the duration of a morning each time, to ensure that everyone on the team had the opportunity to attend. All 7 Principles were incorporated into the training session and the team engaged very well overall and were keen to bring forward their ideas. In addition to the training we added in Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, which some of the team already had knowledge of and others did not. They found this to be very useful and could readily identify where they themselves would be as well as the client.

We also added in Circles of Support/ The Ripple Effect, which had the client at the centre and we were then able to build an image of the people involved in the client’s life. This highlighted the significant number of people associated with the client through family, the care team, professionals and the community. The team expressed how valuable they had felt the learning was for them and they could envisage how the client would benefit from the ideas that were discussed. At the end of the session we gave each individual team member a file with handouts of the training and other useful items for person centred care.

The Common Core Principles for Dignity can be downloaded from: www.ccpdignity.com or you can purchase these and a Dignity Training Pack from: www.skillsforcare.org.uk

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