Human rights and equalities training to ensure the basic rights of people accessing health and social care are respected

The British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) is excited to be delivering the new human rights and equalities training programme for Care Quality Commission staff, taking place over the next year.

Public authorities, including regulators and inspectorates have legal duties to comply with the Human Rights Act, and the CQC has recently launched a human rights approach to the regulation of services. To put this into practice, it is vital CQC staff are empowered to see how applying human rights and equalities is part of their day-to-day work. The innovative new learning programme, developed and delivered by BIHR, will focus on the potential of human rights and equalities to transform the way services are planned and delivered, regulated and held to account.

This new programme is the result of a partnership between the CQC and the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and was awarded to BIHR through an open tender process. The first training sessions will commence in April 2015.


Stephen Bowen, Director of the British Institute of Human Rights, said:

“The British Institute of Human Rights is delighted to be working with the Care Quality Commission to help ensure staff are empowered to put human rights at the heart of their work. We know that much care is positive, with quality that must be maintained, and the lessons of recent failures of care must be learned and such tragedies prevented. Our innovative new collaboration with CQC staff will focus on the practical value a human rights approach can bring in making sure our health and social care services deliver the dignified, respectful and accountable care we all cherish.”


Chief Executive of the Care Quality Commission David Behan, said:

“We want to promote equality, diversity and human rights in everything we do and tackle inequality where we find it – both in how we regulate and as part of our own culture.

“We know from our work there is variation in the quality of care and that not everyone gets the care they need. This imbalance must be addressed and working with our partners the Equality and Human Rights Commission and British Institute of Human Rights will help us to achieve this.”


Chief Executive of the Equality and Human Rights Commission Mark Hammond, said:

“Equality and Human rights are for everyone, and provide an important safety net for people in the most vulnerable situations.

“This training will help health and care professionals fulfil their human rights responsibilities with confidence, help ensure the needs of patients and service users are put first, and their human rights to dignity, choice, privacy and differing needs are fully respected.”