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.

The Human Rights Act (HRA) is one of the main laws protecting human rights in the UK. It contains a list of 16 rights (called Articles) which belong to all people in the UK. As you see from the list of rights below, there is no free-standing right to healthcare, but this does not mean the HRA is not relevant to healthcare – far from it! Many of the rights in the HRA are particularly relevant in healthcare settings – see our best practice examples page to see how. The legal duties in the HRA apply to healthcare services, and in this way the HRA provides the legal anchor for a human rights approach to healthcare.

Find out more about how the HRA works and how it applies in healthcare settings in our resources, such as The Difference It Makes: Putting Human Rights at the Heart of Health and Care.