20th January 2016 Written by Skills for Health

Image: Save the date.The year 2016 is just getting started, yet our diaries are filling up fast. We’ve compiled a list of 7 key dates of prominent healthcare weeks and days for you and your organisation to get involved with.

February 1, 2016

Dignity Action Day 2016 #DAD2016

Dignity Action Day is an annual opportunity for health and social care workers, and members of the public to uphold people's rights to dignity. Those organisations and individuals wishing to pledge a “dignity promise” can do so on the website.

Our wonderful Healthcare Cadets will be visiting various trusts in the North of England pledging their dignity promise. See if they’re going to be in your area and say hi.


March 14 – 18, 2016

National Apprenticeship Week #NAW2016

National Apprenticeship Week is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service and is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy. Skills for Health will be supporting this day through various activities co-ordinated through the National Skills Academy for Health, so please stay tuned to our website and social media pages for updates.


April 2 -8, 2016

World Autism Awareness Week #WAW16

Nearly 5000 people took part in World Autism Awareness week in 2015 with £235,395 raised. This year, The National Autistic Society is hoping to increase these figures.

This is a great week for organisations and individuals to join together and raise awareness for autism. For those wishing to participate, you can obtain a free pack which includes fun ways how you and your organisation can participate.


May 5, 2016

International Day of the Midwife #IDW16

Celebrate midwifery and bring awareness of the importance of the work midwives’ do for the healthcare sector. This is a worldwide event and is set to be huge. Get you and your organisation involved.


May 9-15, 2016

Dying Matters Week #YODO

This week encourages people to think about death and end of life care. We have a section end of life care, which you can access here.


May 15 – 21, 2016

Dementia Awareness Week #DAW2016

Help raise awareness and understanding of dementia during this week. Further details are to follow according the website; however, last year was a huge success which included support from celebrities, healthcare workers, and individuals caring for someone living with dementia organisations and many more. Stay tuned for more information via the website.


May 16 – 22, 2016

Mental Health Awareness Week #MHAW16

The Mental Health Foundation hosts this week each year to raise awareness of mental health issues which can be over seen. Previous years have focused on anxiety, sleep deprivation and exercise. This year, the focus will be on the theme of the importance of relationships for someone living with mental health issues.


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