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New recruits champion dignity in care
Wednesday 29th January, 2014

Visitors to Platt Bridge Health Centre, Wigan will be able to find out how some of the newest recruits to the NHS are champions for dignity in care.

The Business and Administration Cadet Apprentices who are on placement at Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust (Bridgewater) will be promoting a dignity in care display from 10am to 3pm on Friday 31 January near the entrance to the health centre.

The display will explain how they and other Cadets from around the region have been putting the Dignity Promise into action. The Dignity promise was developed to show how they can play their part in ensuring our patients, their families and carers are listened to, treated with empathy and respect.

They are promoting their Dignity Promise to coincide with national Dignity in Action Day on 1 February.

The Cadets who are just starting out in their careers considered what dignity in care meant to them and how they could champion it throughout their working lives. They have considered the findings of several national NHS initiatives to promote compassion in care for all patients, families and carers.

Business Cadet Amy Heaton said: I think that dignity in care is an important issue as it is vital that people feel valued, supported and respected. They place their trust in us and in return we should treat them with dignity.

Bridgewater welcomed 14 new Business Administration Cadet Apprentices to the Trust in October 2013. The Cadets, aged 16 to 18, are employed by Skills for Health Academy North West and are undertaking placements within the Wigan area of Bridgewater whilst they complete a Level 2 qualification in Business Administration at Wigan and Leigh College.

For more information on Dignity Action Day visit www.dignityincare.org.uk


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