HIQA - New online learning course to support a human rights-based approach in health and social care sector

Today, HIQA has launched an online learning course to support staff working in health and social care services to apply a human rights-based approach (HRBA) in their work. Promoting a HRBA in health and social care services is a central theme in the national standards developed by HIQA. The course is comprised of four modules, the first of which is being launched today. The first module provides an introduction to human rights in health and social care. Three additional modules will be launched in April and May. These cover:

  • The Role of Good Communication in Upholding Human Rights
  • Putting People at the Centre of Decision-Making, and
  • Positive Risk-Taking

This online learning course builds upon the Guidance on a Human Rights-based Approach in Health and Social Care Services published in 2019. In addition to promoting and supporting good practice in this area, the course aims to address knowledge and skills gaps identified through extensive stakeholder engagement throughout the guidance development process.

The course will give staff an opportunity to reflect and build on their good practice through engaging with practical scenarios describing real-life examples of good and poor practice, self-reflection questions and links to additional resources to extend their learning.

The first online learning module will take approximately 30 minutes to complete and you can find details on the HIQA website here.

HIQA has also launched a video animation to raise awareness among people using services of what they should expect from a health or social care service that is committed to respecting, protecting and promoting their human rights. You can find the link to the video animation here.

Please share these links with your colleagues and any groups, or individuals, you think would be interested in these resources.



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