Culture of Care (CoC)
The College of Life Sciences seeks to translate new scientific knowledge into improved human health. Animal models of disease are the cornerstone of this biomedical research and along with this, we have moral and legal responsibility to maintain high standards of animal welfare which we believe will be facilitated by a broader “Culture of Care”.
The Nolan Principles (of selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership) are important characteristics which can guide our personal and institutional development of respect and personal responsibility in looking after each other and of the animals in our care.
A Culture of Care goes way beyond the legal responsibilities for the use of animals in experiments, which are regulated under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 (ASPA). A Culture of Care will demonstrate compassion, empathy and respect, enhancing our interpersonal effectiveness and improve the value of our research. We can build on the VITAL values, which are linked to the University Strategic Plan to help propagate our Culture of Care.
|Our commitments||VITAL values|
|Leadership||Managers can guide and exemplify best practice in developing our Culture of Care.||Leaders|
|Teamwork||The PRF requires exceptional people working together, combining their skills and expertise. We need to recruit and retain caring professionals by providing a supportive environment, training and advancement.||
|Mutual trust||Honesty, communication and common goals are key to developing trust across the team and in permitting open discussion and constructive criticism of ethical opinions to flourish without fear.||Valuing people|
|Responsibility||I will take responsibility for my actions and help other team members do the same. How can you give an animal into the care of someone you do not trust? Can you explain what is necessary to gain your trust? (E.g. training, communication). And are you prepared to gain their trust in return?||Accountable|
|Collaboration||Often we delegate others to look after the animals in our care. Research and animal care is a collaboration and we should recognise this in working together and where justified, in the acknowledgements or authorship of the research papers that are published. We should be open to new ways of collaborating.||Together
|Management||Standard Operating Procedures are essential to achieving good animal care and high quality scientific data. Record-keeping, databases and planning, reinforce all aspects of Culture of Care.||Leaders|