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.

BIHR's innovative work on human rights in health and care has been funded via grants and donations from a range of organisations. We use a co-production model, partnering with organisations working in the field. Most recently, major projects have worked with:

  • Human Rights in Healthcare toolkits for practitioners, funded by a grant from the EHRC. We partnered with –
    • Midwifery: Royal College of Midwives; Birthrights
    • End of Life Care: Sue Ryder
    • Nursing: Royal College of Nursing

  • Care and Support: A Human Rights Approach to Advocacy, a three year project working with mental health/mental capacity advocates and support workers, funded via a grant from the Department of Health. We partnered with –
    • WISH
    • BHA Leeds Skyline
    • Mind in Brighton and Hove
    • NSUN
    • n|compass
    • Healthwatch Blackburn with Darwen

  • Delivering Compassionate Care: Connecting Human Rights to the Frontline, a three year project funded via a grant from the Department of Health. Our pilot services were –
    • Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
    • St Martin of Tours
    • St Aubyn’s Centre
    • Mersey Care Learning Disability Service
    • Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
    • Bristol City Council
    • Bristol Dementia Wellbeing Service

  • Hospital Discharge and Human Rights, a short project funded by a grant from Skills for Care. We partnered with St Martin of Tours to produce a toolkit on hospital discharge.

  • Human Rights and Advocacy, a short project funded by the Evan Cornish Foundation. We worked with health and well-being advocates in the north-east of England to produce a short guide.