“I had a client with learning difficulties who needed an operation. I was able to assist the doctors in thinking through all the human rights implications. I was able to show that it was not just about the right to life, but the broader impact of the procedures and the need to treat the patient in a way that respected her dignity. A human rights approach allowed me to open up a dialogue about how to carry out this operation in a less intrusive and less distressing way for the client.”

Ged, Community Learning Disability Nurse, from BIHR’s Delivering Compassionate Care project.