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Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust

We are currently delivering a human rights capacity building programme for staff across multiple disciplines within Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV).



How we designed the programme

BIHR have been working together with TEWV to support them to embed human rights within the trust for several years. This year, BIHR are delivering a human rights practitioner development programme for staff working multiple disciplines across the trust. The ultimate aim of the programme is to improve outcomes for people who access TEWV services by developing the ability of staff to integrate human rights into their everyday practice. 

To create the programme, we worked with our Lived Experience Expert Consultants to co-develop a two-part introductory online programme open to all staff. We are also currently co-developing a series of online Practice Leads workshops providing intensive learning support for senior staff to create proactive human rights champions within the trust. The Practice Leads workshops are created based on information gathered from mapping activities with staff about the specific human rights and issues that they most want to focus on. 

About the programme

The programme has two parts:

Two-part staff introductory human rights programme:

  1. We worked together with our Lived Experience Expert Consultants to co-develop workshops for staff. This is a two-part programme starting with an introduction to human rights law and a refresher workshop with a focus on putting rights into practice. 

  2. We are currently delivering the human rights workshops for staff. By the end of the programme, we will have delivered 30 workshops.

Eight-part Practice Leads programme

  1. We are preparing and delivering introductory human rights workshops for around 40 Practice Leads.

  2. We are currently working together with the Practice Leads to map the content for the majority of the programme. This will support staff to increase their awareness of human rights, focus in on key articles within the Human Rights Act,  sustain learning and development, problem-solve, and share good practice.

  3. We will use the information from the Practice Leads about their learning needs to work with our Lived Experience Experts to create bespoke human rights workshops.

  4. We will support staff to reflect on their learning over the course of the programme and make a plan for embedding human rights into their future work.

The impact of the programme


“The course has influenced how I feel about the Human Rights Act being implemented in my daily practice with Patients and Clients in my work.  I am now very confident in defending and discussing the Human rights of the people I support in my work, and have been able to effect positive changes in their lives.” 


“A fantastic session which really highlights the need for human rights education in relation to our role”.

The future of this programme

This programme is currently ongoing and will finish in February 2024.

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