Human Rights approach to End of Life Care

What Matters to Me: a Human Rights Approach to End of Life Care

‘What Matters to Me’ is an education and training initiative that will be delivered by Sue Ryder over three years from March 2017. It aims to promote the delivery of high-quality, dignified and compassionate end of life care by enabling health and social care practitioners to use human rights as a framework to support person-centred care and ethical decision-making. ‘What matters to me’ is fully funded by a grant from the Burdett Trust for Nursing and training workshops are free of charge.

 Human rights are at the heart of much of the law, policy and practice of end of life care, and now form part of regulatory standards. They underpin many of the situations that professionals caring for people at the end of their lives come across in their day-to-day work and are key to providing person-centred care.
 However, few practitioners really understand how the Human Rights Act impacts and supports their duties and decisions in day-to-day situations.
 Sue Ryder worked with the British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) to produce ‘Human rights and end of life care: a practitioner’s guide’, and is now delivering the ‘What Matters to Me’ training workshops to further embed this approach.
About the training
The interactive workshops use case law, case studies and discussion to provide an introduction to the Human Rights Act, how human rights and their application provide a framework to help ethical decision-making and how to raise human rights issues.

Who is it for?
Training is available for:
 registered workforce (1 day workshop)
 non-registered workforce (half-day workshop)
 Train the Trainers (2 day workshop for those who have completed the registered workforce workshop and wish to cascade the training in their own place of work).

What will you gain?
 Increase your knowledge and confidence in raising human rights issues
 Increase your capacity to use human rights to inform your delivery of high-quality person-centred care
 Provide you with a framework to help you make difficult ethical decisions
 Allow you to contribute to service performance and outcomes
 Ensure you comply with the Five Priorities of Care, NICE standard 2015, CQC standards and legal duties

When and where is it happening?
Workshops are taking place on various dates around the UK. Please visit the Sue Ryder website for a full list of dates and venues.
How to book
For more information and to book a place visit

Barbara Harris