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Welcome to the BIHR Health Hub! 

This hub brings together BIHR's work to put human rights at the heart of health and care. We have been working for over 15 years to support organisations to use human rights to improve health and care services. We have worked across the sectors, with NHS Trusts, local authorities, regulators, advocacy and support groups and other voluntary sector organisations. Our work shows that human rights can be a useful, practical tool for those working in health and care to improve services and outcomes for people.

Whether you work in service design or delivery, as an advocate or support worker, regulator, if you use services yourself or care for someone who does, there's something on the hub for you. The information collated here aims to empower you to know about human rights and use them in your daily work/life to ensure services are treating people with dignity and respect

You can find out WHY we are focusing on human rights in health and care, WHO we have worked with, HOW we have approached this work and WHAT we have achieved so far. Just scroll over the tabs at the top of the site to navigate between pages, or click the BIHR tick icon to go back to the main home page.

Learning disabled woman challenges lack of incontinence pads

Advocate supports woman with a learning disability to successfully challenge decision to stop use of incontinence pads

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Woman challenges lack of treatment as degrading

Woman uses human rights to get treatment for severe tinnitus which was causing serious mental health issues

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Couple in mental health hospital challenge ban on relationship

A couple detained in a mental health hospital use human rights to ensure they can continue their relationship, and hospital re-write their policy

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Family carer and her parents supported

Family carer and her older parents suppported to get the care they all need

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Young woman in mental health hospital moved closer to family

A young woman with mental health issues uses her right to family life to get moved to a hosptial closer to her family

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Older woman protected from abuse in care home

Advocate uses human rights to ensure older woman being abused in care is protected

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Woman challenges use of bucket as toilet in hospital

Woman uses human rights to successfully challenge using a bucket as a toilet in a mental health hospital

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Woman with dementia retains relationship with partner in care

A woman affected by dementia retains her relationship with her partner whilst living in care

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Woman with learning disability moved to appropriate care setting

Local Healthwatch take action to ensure woman with learning disability has her right to liberty respected

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Treatment withheld from man with learning disabilities

Advocate challenges GPs refusal to treat physical health issue of man with severe learning disabilities

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Empowering patients about the right to vote

Advocacy organisation produces leaflet on right to vote for women detained in mental health hospital

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Woman successfully challenges restraint by male staff

A woman detained in a mental health hospital who had self-injured used human rights to challenge restraints being applied by male staff

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Transgender man challenges discrimination in hospital

A transgender patient in a mental hospital successfully challenges discriminatory practice around bathrooms

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Detained patients empowered about their rights

Patients detained in a mental health hospital empowered about their rights in the Code of Practice

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Local Healthwatch raise human rights concerns with hospital

A local Healthwatch raise poor treatment of patient with NHS Trust

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Respecting family life on mental health ward for young people

Reviewing and re-writing policies on mobile phone and internet use

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Balancing people's right to privacy in residential settings

Balancing right to respect for private life to help keep drugs out of housing units

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Weighing up duty to respect vs duty to protect rights

Early intervention team respect patient's autonomy

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Amending care plan to respect family life

Social worker uses HRA to ensure discharge plan is proportionate

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Using rights to open up dialogue with other practitioners

Respecting rights of patient with learning disability

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Reduction in violent incidences in residential support

Using a human rights approach to responding to physical/verbal aggression

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Rights-respecting best interests decisions

Community learning disability nurse uses HRA framework to help make best interests decision

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Dignified pathways in dementia care

Dementia practitioner challenges care pathway using human rights

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Respect for right to education in mental health hospital

Woman challenges barriers to enrolling on university course

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Respecting religious beliefs in mental health hospitals

Man detained in mental health hospital challenges lack of respect for religious beliefs

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Using human rights to secure discharge from hospital

Woman challenges decision not to discharge her from hospital

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Preventing physical health needs becoming degrading

Woman with mental capacity issues supported to prevent degrading treatment in hospital

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