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Practical guidance for health and social care staff


Below you can find links to free online resources that offer practical guidance for health and social care staff who want to find out more about human rights and how they can observe human rights in their work.

Bodies commissioning and providing health and social care services are legally bound to abide by the Human Rights Act 1998. Section 6 of the Human Rights Act specifically requires all public authorities to abide by the European Convention on Human Rights, unless primary legislation requires them to act otherwise. We hope that these resources prove helpful in achieving that. Resources include case studies, e-learning, factsheets, frameworks, templates and toolkits.

Why is this useful to me?

It is intended to:

  • encourage both knowledge and implementation of human rights approaches in health and social care.
  • help identify gaps in coverage of materials on human rights in health and social care, where new materials could usefully be developed.

If, as a health and social care professional, you have comments on this page and its content, or know of other resources that you think would complement this compendium and be of benefit to others, we encourage you to email those to us.

  • Royal College of Nursing

    The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) represents nurses and nursing, promotes excellence in practice and shapes health policies.

  • British Journal of Psychiatry

    Published monthly by the Royal College of Psychiatrists. It covers all branches of the subject, with particular emphasis on the clinical aspects of each topic.

  • BASW

    The British Association of Social Workers is the largest professional association for social work in the UK, with offices in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

  • Skills for Care

    Skills for Care helps the sector recruit and retain the right people who have the right skills at the right time to deliver high quality services to people who need care and support in the communities.

  • SCIE

    The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) improves the lives of people who use care services by sharing knowledge about what works.

  • North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust

    North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust was established in 1994 following the merger of four directly managed units, providing adult and older people mental health, learning disability, and primary care services.

  • Stonewall

    Stonewall has formed partnerships with organisations outside Parliament to ensure the rights and needs of lesbians, gay men and bisexuals are addressed in the wider community.

  • Human rights in healthcare programme

    The aim of the Human Rights in Healthcare website is to promote a human rights based approach in health and social care.

  • Mersey Care NHS Trust

    Mersey Care provides specialist inpatient and community mental health, learning disability and substance misuse services for adults in Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby. Mersey Care NHS Trust was one of the Trusts involved in the Human Rights in Healthcare programme.

  • Commission resources

    The Equality and Human Rights Commission is committed to the vision of a modern Britain where everyone is treated with dignity and respect, and we all have an equal chance to succeed.

  • NHS UK Choices

    NHS UK Choices offers a wide range of resources that can support health and care professional in their work with patients and clients.

  • NHS England

    The main aim of NHS England is to improve the health outcomes for people in England.

  • Ministry of Justice

    To reduce re-offending and protect the public, to provide access to justice, to increase confidence in the justice system, and uphold people’s civil liberty.

  • Local Government Information Unit

    Their team provides policy advice, learning programmes, events, consultancy and other resources to their members and other organisations.

  • Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group

    Gives information on Health and Social Care Act, Public Sector Equality Duty and human rights. Signposts to the Human Rights Act 1998 and the Equality Act 2010

  • Department of Health

    The Department of Health is working to provide a social care system that provides care for those who need it, and which enables people to retain their independence and dignity.

  • BiLD

    The British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BiLD) services help develop the organisations who provide services.

  • British Institute of Human Rights

    Mission: To bring human rights to life here at home by helping people.


    Association of Directors of Adult Social Services and Local Government Association has policy initiatives, press releases and consultation responses that constitute the daily activity of the Association's members. www.adass.org.uk

  • Age UK

    To inspire, enable and support older people to help people make the most of later life. www.ageuk.org.uk - Articles, publications, reports

  • A Dignified Revolution

    To promote dignity & respect for older people in hospital. www.dignifiedrevolution.org.uk - Reports, case studies, guides and training documents