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Birmingham and Solihull Mental health NHS Foundation Trust
Better Together

Dignity and privacy

Our trust is committed to ensuring that privacy and dignity is at the heart of everything we do. To support this, our trust has a team of dedicated dignity champions who strive to enhance the dignity agenda on a day-to-day basis. We ensure it is an integral part of practice and delivery of services right across our organisation, this includes, amongst other things, ensuring mealtimes are protected.

Declaration of compliance: Delivery  of Single Sex Accommodation (DSSA)

December 2013

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust is pleased to confirm that we are compliant with the government’s requirement to eliminate mixed-sex accommodation, except when it is in the patient’s overall best interest, or reflects their personal choice. We have the necessary facilities, resources and culture to ensure that patients who are admitted to our hospitals will only share the room where they sleep with members of the same sex, and same-sex toilets and bathrooms will be close to their bed area.

Sharing with members of the opposite sex will only happen when patients actively choose to share in appropriate circumstances where partners are being treated at the same time and where this is appropriate.

If our care should fall short of the required standard, we will report it. We have also set up an audit mechanism to make sure that we do not misclassify any of our reports, we do this through our formal quality monitoring processes.

Dignity pledge
Wall of Change at Ardenleigh on National Dignity Day,  2013
Wall of Change at Ardenleigh on National Dignity Day, 2013