British Institute for Human Rights resource: The Difference it Makes – Putting Human Rights at the Heart of Health and Social Care

‘We need to think about prevention not only cure. A human rights approach offers a helping hand; fresh-thinking, a framework for action, and one which places human dignity at the centre of services.’

This message is from Stephen Bowen, Director of The British Institute for Human Rights (BIHR) as they publish a factsheet on human rights and health and social care to mark the 70th year of the NHS and UDHR.

The resource is intended for people working in public sector and voluntary sector organisations, and provides evidence for why and how human rights help deliver accountable, dignified and respectful services.

It includes individual stories and organisational journeys and is structured around the ‘PANEL principles’, an acronym that stands for:

  • Participation
  • Accountability
  • Non-discrimination
  • Empowerment, and
  • Law

Find out more on the BIHR website or access resource in full (pdf).