The programme, organised by consultant nurse for older people Jonathan Webster used art, drama and dance to allow participants to show their feelings about dignity and its importance in a care environment.
‘As the programme continued it was very clear to see how the nurses and older people were learning and working together,’ said Mr Webster. ‘Nurses had to hear about emotionally painful experiences; it helped them to understand the impact that undignified care has on people’s lives.’
‘The programme highlighted the need for there to be a partnership between an older person and the health practitioner, requiring mutual learning, sensitivity and respect,’ he added.
The Foundation of Nursing Studies funded the programme, which was based at Age Concern Islington, London.