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Staffordshire Dignity in Care Awards

Staffordshire Dignity in Care Awards 2022

The awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday 20 July 2022 from 12.30pm onwards at Newcastle-under-Lyme College (Performing Arts Centre) Knutton Road, Newcastle, Staffs, ST5 2SL

Closing date for nominations 31 May 2022

What are the Dignity in Care Awards?

We reward individuals, teams or organisations that best demonstrate commitment, competence, and best practice around the ten challenges listed below

Nominations for 2022 Dignity in Care Awards are now open

The categories are as follows:


This award seeks to acknowledge and celebrate a new member of staff who ideally commenced and remained in employment in the care sector within the previous 12 months. Evidence is available that demonstrates that the individual consistently promotes and delivers a service with dignity. The individual can either be returning to the sector after at least two years away or be joining for the first time. 


This award recognises an individual who is involved with the paid support or care of Staffordshire adults in a Residential or Nursing home.  Evidence is available that demonstrates that the individual consistently promotes and delivers services with dignity.  This includes the care staff, managers, and support staff, whatever their role.  


This award recognises an individual who is involved with the paid support or care of Staffordshire adults who receive care in their own homes or through community services. This individual will have gone above and beyond to promote dignity in all they do.  For example, how does the individual go the extra mile? - do they empower individuals, delivering person-centered care? 

This includes care staff and managers and in the case of extra care, support staff as well, whatever their role.


This award will be given to the Registered Manager who has demonstrated a high level of expertise together with exceptional skills in managing the complex business of running a regulated service.  Please evidence examples of

  • how they have created a positive culture where dignity is at the heart
  • their policies, procedures and practice can demonstrate dignity is embedded across all aspects of the service
  • they show vision in developing person-centred care and supporting staff to meet the ever-changing needs of the residents/service users

If the individual works within a regulated service, we would expect them to be rated as Good or Outstanding in the Well-Led Key Lines of Enquiry (one of the five key questions CQC (Care Quality Commission) ask of all care services) or can demonstrate evidence they are currently well led through improvements they have put in place following inspections.



This award will be presented to the team who are able to best demonstrate a shared vision and agreed goals and successful outcomes.  The team should have clear roles & responsibilities taking personal responsibility for their tasks.  Teams should have an excellent communication process and each member’s skills should be recognised and utilised effectively within the team for the benefit of clients and colleagues.  The team can demonstrate dignity is at the heart of all interventions, clients are respected and consistently treated with kindness, respect and compassion within the team. This category applies to any team across the health & social care sector.


This award recognises an individual/volunteer or group who meet the above criteria and their actions and outcomes have contributed to them having a positive impact on a community of Staffordshire citizens, including those with care and support needs.


This award will recognise an excellent, person-centred care/service to residents/service users, demonstrating dignity and respect through ancillary services, (for example, cook/chef, handy persons, cleaners, and administrators).  Provide examples of initiatives and excellence in their work.


This award will be given to an individual who can reflect the specific skills needed to manage and deliver services sensitive to meet the needs of older people with dementia showing dignity & respect, and which reflects an awareness of the provider organisation that investment in this type of service provision will meet increasing demand in the future.


This award will be given to the individual who demonstrates how compassionate and professional they must be to be able to support someone with dignity who is at the end of their life. They should be able to provide evidence that the learning & development they have acquired has been consistently put into practice when supporting someone at the end of their life.

How have they supported family, friends, have they devised and followed an advanced care plan, how have they ensured the person is comfortable and as pain free as possible?  They should also explain how they can support the family and friends during this difficult time.


This special award will be awarded to an individual, team or employer who can provide evidence to demonstrate they have gone above and beyond, made a difference and have had a positive impact on their organisation during the Covid-19 crisis.

Judges will be looking for examples of a creative, innovative and flexible approach from outstanding social care professionals.  Selflessness, dedication, and a commitment to maintaining the safety, physical and emotional wellbeing of service users and/or staff members are all essential criteria.
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We want a care system where there is a zero tolerance approach to the abuse of, and disrespect towards, people who use care services. 

We hope this will give dignity in care the attention it deserves and also inspire people to take action.

What is the Dignity Challenge?

The Dignity Challenge is a clear statement of what people can expect from a service that respects dignity.

It is backed up by statements that can be used by providers, commissioners and people who use our services to see how they are performing. 

High quality care services that respect people's dignity should:

  • Not tolerate any form of abuse.
  • Support people with the same respect you would want for yourself or one of your family.
  • Treat each person as an individual by offering a personalised service.
  • Enable people to have the maximum possible level of independence, choice and control.
  • Listen and support people to express their needs and wants.
  • Respect people's right to privacy.
  • Ensure people feel able to complain without fear of retribution.
  • Engage with family members and carers as care partners.
  • Assist people to maintain confidence and positive self-esteem.
  • Act to relieve people's loneliness and isolation.

Who are we challenging?

  • Service providers to ensure their services respect dignity.
  • Commissioners to commission only services that respect dignity.
  • The public to test how local services measure up and tackle rather than tolerate services that don't respect dignity.

How can I become a Dignity Champion?

See how you can make a difference to the way local services are delivered.

Sign up online on the Champions Network site.

Our partners


National Dignity Council

The  National Dignity Council exists to shape and influence the work of the Dignity in Care network.

It also campaigns for, and supports Dignity Champions.

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