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Dignity and older people's care in the UK

- Dignity and older people's care is currently the subject of intense focus in the UK, says Dr Win Tadd, Reader at School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, and member of the Dignity network. 

She has just completed two studies for the UK Government. The first, Dignity in Practise: An exploration of the care of older adults in acute NHS Trusts, is now published.  A copy of the report is available here. The second report into care homes is being finalised.

The commissioner for older people published her report Dignified care in March. The health boards and Welsh Government are legally bound to respond, and Win Tadd has been appointed as one of the advisors assessing the adequacy of those responses.

In addition to this, The ombudsman in England published her report Compassion and Care on older people's care, The Care Quality Commission ( the English regulatory body) is in the process of publishing a series of reports on the topic, and The commission for Equality and Human Rights is undertaking an inquiry into domiciliary care.

- We urgently need to change mind-sets and cultures and recognise throughout the health system that older people are the main business of our hospitals, says Win Tadd.