About Us

Human Rights in Healthcare imageOur Aims

The Human Rights Act came into effect in October 2000 in the UK and all public authorities, including NHS organisations, have a positive obligation to respect and promote peoples’ human rights.

The Human Rights Act is underpinned by the core values of Fairness, Respect, Equality, Dignity and Autonomy for all. These values are at the heart of high quality health and social care and for the past five years, the Department of Health, British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) and four NHS Trusts have been working together to develop examples of how a human rights based approach can be put into practice in healthcare.  (see section on Good Practice)

Who runs it?


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Who funds it?

The Human Rights in Healthcare Programme has been funded by The Department of Health.

The programme is on hold (January 2013) until continuation funding is found. 


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