Events taking place across England between 11th and 15th May will be showcasing innovative work by healthcare services and other organisations to keep equality, diversity and human rights on the agenda within their local communities and the NHS more widely. NHS Equality, Diversity and Human Rights week (EDHRW) seeks to encourage dialogue and help create a fairer and more diverse, rights respecting NHS for both staff and the local community.  BIHR is excited to be part of this annual event which is now celebrating its fourth year.

Over the last 12 months, BIHR has been privileged to work with staff from all aspects of the NHS, from midwives to end of life care workers, and we’re proud of the work we’ve done together to support NHS staff to protect human rights across the whole lifespan.  Here’s a round-up of some of our achievements so far…

  • Alongside work on the guides, we met with NHS Employers and volunteers from Mid-Essex Hospitals NHS Trust in Chelmsford and Southend University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to create a generic and engaging human rights learning resource for all NHS staff.  The launch date for both the guides and the learning resource is set for this Summer, so watch this space 
  • In Summer 2014, BIHR started work on two England-wide human rights projects in partnership with mental health care and advocacy services in the public and third sector and both projects are now well underway.  ‘A Human Rights Approach to Advocacy’ sees BIHR partnering with six third-sector organisations to support them to confidently use human rights in their mental health advocacy work.  ‘Connecting Human Rights to the Frontline’ supports seven mental health service providers to address the human rights issues they encounter every day in a way that harnesses their legal duties under the Human Rights Act to do the best for patients and staff. These exciting, innovative initiatives are funded by the Department of Health and will include regional open events and new human rights tools for practitioners. For more information and updates on our projects visit our site      

This NHS EDHR week is a good time to pay thanks fo the hundreds of NHS staff from every English region we work with, people whose personal and professional commitment to putting human rights at the centre of health and social care has played a crucial role in the success of these projects.  

We think this is well worth celebrating and on Wednesday 13th May, Deputy Director of BIHR, Sanchita Hosali will be speaking on human rights in healthcare at an Equality, Diversity and Human Rights week event organised by Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust. To find out more and to book your place click here  

If you want to know more about how you or your organisation can use human rights in health and social care, we might be able to help you now.  Do get in touch here if you'd like to discuss your training and consultancy needs. You can also check out our easy to use guides and fact sheets here