What Matters to Me: a Human Rights Approach to End of Life Care

Did you know that the Human Rights Act can be used as a practical tool for making decisions about patient care? Are you confident in applying human rights in practice to ensure the delivery of personalised and compassionate end of life care?

Human rights underpin much of the law, policy and practice of end of life care, yet few practitioners really understand how the Human Rights Act impacts and supports their duties and decisions in day-to-day situations.

Sue Ryder has worked with the British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) to produce a practical dip-in guide to help practitioners use human rights as a practical framework for ethical decision-making and for ensuring compassion and dignity in end of life care.

Sue Ryder is also offering interactive training workshops on this topic to build confidence in this approach and train others to teach it in their own place of work.

Training will cover:

  • an introduction to the current policy context of end of life care
  • an introduction to the Human Rights Act and the key Articles that relate most to end of life care
  • how human rights and their application provides a framework to help ethical decision-making 
  • how to raise human rights issues

Registered workforce

Anyone who is a:
  • Registered Nurse with Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Registered Doctor with General Medical Council
  • Registered Allied Health Professional, Social Worker or Psychologist with Health Care Professionals Council
  • Registered Pharmacist with General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Students training to gain registration with any of the above.
  • If you have been registered in the past but you have not maintained your registration as your current role does not require it, you are still welcome to attend the Registered Workforce Workshop.

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Non-registered workforce

Anyone who comes into contact on a regular basis with someone receiving palliative or end of life care and who isn’t in a registered role.

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Contact us

For more information, or if you'd like to host a workshop at your place of work (min. 12 participants) please contact humanrights@sueryder.org.

Train the Trainer

Anyone who has completed the one-day Registered Workshop within the last 12 months and who has responsibility for the education and training of others as part of their day to day role.

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Are you based in Scotland?

We will be offering training workshops specially adapted for Scotland in 2018. If you are interested in attending or hosting a workshop in Scotland in 2018, please register your interest by emailing humanrights@sueryder.org.