Sue Ryder releases evaluation report on groundbreaking human rights training

A What Matters to Me training workshop

On 10th December 2017, Human Rights Day, Sue Ryder releases its evaluation report from the first six months of running a new groundbreaking human rights training for staff working in end of life care. 

Since its launch in March 2017 the Sue Ryder ‘What Matters to Me’ training workshop raises awareness of human rights in healthcare and has delivered some outstanding results. A very high proportion of people now rate their knowledge of human rights and confidence to use it in the work place far higher since attending the course.

  • 98% of people rated their confidence higher in using human rights as a way to enable shared decision-making at end of life. 
  • 97% rated their confidence higher in using human rights to resolve conflicts between the needs of different service users.
  • 98% rated their knowledge higher on the relationship between human rights and other legislation.
  • 94% said their knowledge of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was a lot higher

Last year Sue Ryder worked with the British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) to co-produce a Practitioners Guide entitled ‘End of Life Care and Human Rights: A practinoner's guide', which was published in May 2016. The guide addresses some of the current challenges around ethical decision making at the end of a person’s life.

Free training for professionals

Sue Ryder strongly believes that front line nursing staff and other healthcare professionals will benefit from more support and knowledge to help embed a human rights approach to end of life care in practice. So as a result we launched a free training programme, thanks to the help of a grant from the Burdett Trust for Nursing and continued support from BIHR.

The first ‘What Matters to Me’ training workshop was held on 30th March 2017 and up to 30th September 2017, 23 workshops have been delivered and over 250 people trained.

Jacqui Graves, Sue Ryder Human Rights Lead comments: “This new approach will equip many more front-line staff providing end of life care to improve the quality of life for more people with an end of life diagnosis, and to ensure that care is personalised and ethical and difficult decisions are balanced using a human rights as a legal framework to shape and support practice.

“The training programme aims to educate and empower the registered and non-registered nursing and social care workforce to feel more confident in embracing human rights as an integral component of end of life care. And six months on from the launch we are clearly getting some excellent results.”

The aim of the workshops is to improve knowledge and understanding of human rights and increase confidence to use it in practice. To measure this, each attendee was asked to give a self-assessment rating of their knowledge and confidence before the workshop. After the training a mandatory questionnaire is sent out to measure any change in their knowledge and confidence of human rights.

The free training course is open to nurses and health professionals. Find out more and book

Download the report