Human Rights and the workplace

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25 / 11 / 2014 12.53pm

This month NHS Employers is focussing human rights in the workplace. Often an area that gets overlooked in the world of diversity and inclusion – and is regarded only as something which is relevant to either patient care or the plight of people in the developing world – war victims, refugees and asylum seekers.

Human rights isn’t something that comes up in everyday conversation when talking about inclusion in the workplace.

NHS Employers is working with the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and the British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) to try and change this. NHS Employers and the BIHR were recently successful in a joint bid we put forward to the EHRC to develop a learning tool on human rights in healthcare. This bid was part of a wider portfolio of bids involving a wide range of health and social care organisations – including the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal College of Midwives, the Sue Ryder charity and Mersey Care NHS Trust – and which is designed to increase the level of awareness and understanding about human rights in healthcare across the health and social care sector.

The tool we are jointly developing will be piloted early next year and then be available to NHS organisations from April 2015.

We hope that this tool – coupled with other tools included in this work (such as the guidance being developed by Mersey Care NHS Trust on taking a human rights based approach to values based recruitment) - will be the start of a new conversation within the workplace about human rights.

You can find more information and resources on human rights in healthcare on the equality and human rights website and you can also read the human rights - case studies.

Take a look at how we've been celebrating diversity throughout the year.

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