Human rights

The Human Rights Act 1998 sets out the rights and freedoms that everyone in the UK is entitled to.

We recognise our duties as a pubic body within the Act to respect the human rights of all our citizens.

Human Rights are underpinned by a set of common values and have been adopted by the NHS under the acronym FREDA.

The FREDA principles represent:

Fairness

An example of fairness would be fair and transparent grievance and complaints procedures.

Respect

Respect for same sex couples, teenage parents, homeless.

Equality

Such as not being denied treatment due to age, sex, race etc.

Dignity

For example, sufficient staff to change soiled sheets, help patient to eat/drink.

Autonomy

Such as involving people in decisions about their treatment and care.

We also give consideration to Human Rights within our Equality Analysis process and ensure that within all policies and strategies they are compatible with the rights.