23 July 2014

The British Institute of Human Rights is to recieve up to £73,585 to develop new, innovative approaches to health and care, actively share excellent practice or improve integrated care and efficiency.

Voluntary sector organisations submitted funding bids to the Department of Health setting out how they could help meet the Departments objectives of better health and well-being and better care for all and how their proposal has potential for national impact.

Minister for Care and Support Norman Lamb said:
“These projects play a crucial role in supporting people, their families and carers. They are examples of just some of the excellent and innovative work going on throughout the country in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector – all of which help to create and support strong and resilient communities.”

BIHR’s new project Delivering Compassionate Care: Connecting Human Rights to the Front Line will work across the seven English regions to put human rights at the heart of mental health services, helping give frontline staff the confidence and capacity to improve patient experience and deliver safe and compassionate.

Director of the British Institute of Human Rights Stephen Bowen said:
“Following high profile failures of care like Mid-Staffordshire and Winterbourne View, our services are searching for ways to put compassion back into healthcare. At BIHR our work shows how human rights, rather than being the preserve of lawyers, offers a practical solution to this problem, supporting frontline care workers to make decisions that ensure patients are treated with dignity and respect. We are delighted to be able to carry out this innovative new work with frontline staff working in mental health services.”


Notes to Editors:

  1. For media enquiries contact Sanchita Hosali, Deputy Director on 0207 882 5850 or shosali@bihr.org.uk
  2. For over 40 years the British Institute of Human Rights, an independent charity, has worked to bring human rights to life across the UK. We help people to know what human rights are, to put human rights into practice to achieve positive change in everyday life beyond the courts, and to make sure our human rights laws and systems are respected and progressed. At the heart of everything we do is a commitment to making sure the international promise of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, developed after the horrors of World War II, is made real here at home. Our work seeks to build a society where human rights are respected as the cornerstone of our democracy and enable each of us to live well in communities that value the equal dignity of each person. We do this through information and community outreach, training and capacity-building projects with the public and voluntary sectors, authoritative commentary and analysis, and supporting others to have their voice heard in debates about the law and policy on human rights protections in the UK.
  3. Since the passing of the Human Rights Act in 1998 the British Institute of Human Rights has pioneered practical work to take human rights off the law books and into the heart of our public services and advocacy for individuals and families. We have a well-recognised expertise in partnership work within health and social care settings, particularly mental health, to bring human rights to life. For more information see The Difference it Makes: Putting Human Rights at the Heart of Health and Care
  4. Delivering Compassionate Care: Connecting Human Rights to the Front Line will work with mental health services in the seven English regions, delivering training, developing staff human rights champions, and co-producing and disseminating resources. The project is being led by Sophie Howes, Senior Human Rights Officer at BIHR, contactable on showes@bihr.org.uk and 0207 882 5853. This project began work on the 1 July 2014 and will run until April 2017. A series of open capacity-building and mapping days will take place in October-November 2014. See here for more information about the project.
  5. The money comes from the Department’s Innovation, Excellence and Strategic Development (IESD) fund.