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.

Healthcare which respects, protects and fulfils our human rights has an important role in ensuring we can all live dignified lives and participate as active members of our communities. Human rights are about each and every one of us, no matter who we are or where we are from. Human rights are the hallmark of a democratic and fair society; providing the rule book for how public authorities, such as NHS healthcare organisations, should treat us. In this way human rights provide a vital safety-net for us all, setting down in law the basic minimums that everyone should have simply because we are human.

A human rights approach means putting the human being and their legally protected rights at the centre of policymaking and day-to-day practice. It can be applied to all areas of public life that affect human rights, including housing, education, policing, social care and (the focus of this site) health.

Putting human rights into practice – a human rights approach – means moving beyond the spirit of values and expressly using the language of the law to help achieve positive change. For more on this, see How We Have Approached This Work. To read about the impact of using a human rights approach in healthcare, visit Changing Lives for good practice examples of improved outcomes for people using services and Changing Organisations for good practice examples of improved service design and delivery.

This site contains all the work BIHR has done on protecting and promoting human rights in healthcare settings. This encompasses work on mental health and mental capacity, hosptial discharge, learning disability and/or autism, health and well-being advocacy, end of life care, midwifery and nursing. Some of our guides are designed to assist individuals, while others are aimed at advocates or practitioners. As these guides are aimed at different groups and have been produced out of different projects, they are not all in a uniform structure and format. For more information see Resources.