Compassion in healthcare: Exploring and sustaining compassionate practice in healthcare. A multidisciplinary conference

Monday 12 November 2012

Venue: Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, LONDON, W1G 0AE

A meeting in association with The Human Values in Healthcare Forum

Institute of Medical Ethics

Registration for this meeting is now closed.

The Human Values in Healthcare Forum (aka Healthcare Ethics Forum) was founded in the 1980s by a distinguished group of doctors following the revelation of the extensive involvement of the Medical Profession in the Nazi euthanasia programme. The Forum later widened its membership and arranged interdisciplinary conferences and colloquiums exploring and evaluating policies and practices that threaten or corrode the delivery of humane healthcare.

The common belief is that all healthcare practitioners enter the profession with an authentic desire to provide competent and compassionate care for their patients and their families. Unfortunately, in the UK, there are a rising number of alarming reports from a variety of sources that indicate a serious lack of compassion and care for the dignity and wellbeing of patients.
For example, Sir Robert Francis, QC, who chaired the Mid-Staffordshire Inquiry (2005-09), referred to evidence of “a disturbing lack of compassion” shown by many staff towards their patients. The presentation of his report was concluded with a message for all those concerned with the management of NHS hospital services that:

"People must always come before numbers. Individual patients and their treatment are what really matters. Statistics, benchmarks and action plans are tools not ends in themselves. They should not come before patients and their experiences. This is what must be remembered by all those who design and implement policy for the NHS."

The overarching aim of the conference is to share ideas, resources and experiences of effective strategies for developing, promoting and sustaining compassion in healthcare.

At the end of the meeting participants will have an enhanced knowledge and understanding of:

• The meaning of compassion, its neurobiological, psychological and philosophical roots, and its relevance to healthcare.

• The barriers and facilitators to compassionate practice.

• How the education and training of nurses and doctors promotes or corrodes compassionate practice.

• Successful strategies for promoting and delivering compassionate healthcare.

• Contextual factors that influence compassionate healthcare at the individual, team, organisational and socio-cultural level.

The participants will have the opportunity to share perspectives, develop networks and forge potential collaborations with individuals and organisations interested in promoting compassionate healthcare.

Target Audience:
Healthcare and social care practitioners, allied health professionals, students of nursing and medicine, counsellors and psychotherapists, healthcare managers, policy makers, providers and commissioners, hospital chaplains, ethicists, educationalists, representatives of voluntary organisations and interested members of the public.

****All free student places are now taken.****

We are pleased to announce that we are able to offer 10 free student places funded by a grant received from the Institute of Medical Ethics.

Free places will be offered on a first come first serve basis and on the condition that you submit a short report on what you gained form the meeting.
The best report will be mentored for possible publication

****All free student places are now taken.****


8.45 am

Registration, tea and coffee

9.15 am

Welcome and introduction
Dr Andrew Papanikitas, President, Open Section

Chair: Dr Paquita de Zulueta, Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer Primary Care and Public Health, Imperial College

9.20 am

Opening address
Dr Paquita de Zulueta, Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer Primary Care and Public Health, Imperial College. Chair of the The Human Values in Healthcare Forum

9.30 am

The science of compassion in the healthcare context
Professor Paul Gilbert, OBE, Professor of Clinical Psychology and Head of Mental Health Research Unit, University of Derby

10.15 am

Compassionate care from resilient professionals: removing the barriers
Dr Alys Cole King, Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Chair: Dr Andrew Papanikitas, President, Open Section

11.30 am

Compassion and the education of doctors
Professor Jenny Firth-Cozens, Clinical and Organisational Psychologist, Special Advisor on Postgraduate Medical Education London Deanery, Visiting Chair Imperial College

12.00 pm

Compassion and the education of nurses
Dr Ann Gallagher, Reader (Nursing Ethics) and Director for the International Centre of Nursing Ethics, University of Surrey

12.30 pm

Question and answer session

1.00 pm


Chair: Professor Raanan Gillon

2.00 pm

Professor Raanan Gillon, Emeritus Professor of Medical Ethics, Imperial College London. President of the The Human Values in Healthcare Forum

2.15 pm

The King's Fund Point of Care review
Dr Jocelyn Cornwell, Director of the Point of Care Programme, The King's Fund

2.45 pm

Workshops: Developing compassion in your workplace

3.15 pm

Tea and coffee
To be served in breakout rooms

3.45 pm

Reports from workshops

4.20 pm

Plans for the future, conclusion and summary
Dr Paquita de Zulueta, Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer Primary Care and Public Health, Imperial College London

4.15 pm

Completion of evaluation forms

4.30 pm

Close of meeting

Meeting ref: OND01

CPD: 5 credits

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