WORKFORCE: More than 70 healthcare staff at Surrey Community Health have signed up to become dignity champions.

The group includes healthcare assistants, nurses, members of the executive team, porters and hotel services staff.

The community healthcare provider pledged its commitment to making sure every patient is treated with compassion and dignity by supporting Dignity Action Day.

The champions are there to highlight good practice and to make sure patients, carers, staff and the public, understand how important a person’s dignity is, particularly when they are going through treatment.

Trust chief executive Alison Edgington said: “Our Dignity Champions come from a wide spectrum of disciplines of front line staff and believe passionately that being treated with dignity is a basic human right, not an optional extra. 

“We believe that care services must be compassionate, person centred, as well as efficient and are determined to do something to achieve this.  Surrey Community Health is committed to ensuring that dignity is a reality for all, over and above the care we provide on a daily basis.”