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Dignity - we will treat you with dignity, respect and compassion

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The Trust takes the dignity and privacy of people who use our services very seriously and has a programme of initiatives, including Dignity Champions, to promote and support dignity and privacy.

This standard includes:

  • Showing our commitment to the people who use our services;
  • Showing compassion in the way we provide services;
  • Responding to individuals in a courteous, sensitive and caring way;
  • Behaving in a way we would expect to be treated ourselves;
  • Showing people respect, and treating them with dignity;
  • Treating people as individuals with individual needs; and
  • Involving people in decisions about their own care  

Our Dignity in Care Pledge is:

Whilst in the care of Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, you can expect to be:

  1. Shown respect and treated with dignity
  2. Treated as an individual and offered personalised services
  3. Supported maintaining the maximum possible level of independence, choice and control
  4. Listened to and supported in expressing your needs and wants
  5. Respected in your right to privacy and confidentiality
  6. Fully involved in planning your care, with family members/carers as care partners
  7. Assisted to maintain confidence and positive self-esteem
  8. Helped in alleviating loneliness and isolation
  9. Able to complain without fear of retribution
  10. Free from any experience of abuse.


 Find out more about Dignity and REGARDS

Compassion 2
What is Compassion Focused Therapy?

The Trust provides Compassion-focussed therapy, and has developed a Research and Development Centre that includes a Centre for Compassion as one of it's main themes. 

  • Compassion Focused Therapy has now developed to the point where it can be identified as a specific kind of psychological therapy with a growing evidence base. 
  • Compassion is a complex concept, especially when used clinically, and draws on scientific research, psychology and neurophysiology.  
  • Compassion is linked to the affiliative emotions and motivational systems, which underpin experiences of well-being, and can help counter-act feelings of threat, shame and self-criticism.