Putting empathy into practice


Tuesday 9 October 2018


Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
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5 CPD Points

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Evidence suggests that empathy improves patient outcomes and practitioner well-being, yet the extent to which practitioners express empathy is variable.

This workshop will cover the theory and practice of empathy in healthcare, showing how individuals can enhance empathy in their own work and in their organisations.  

Dr Howick and Dr Rees will demonstrate evidence-based knowledge and skills relating to empathy, and how this can improve patient benefit and clinician job satisfaction.

topics include: 

  • The evidence linking empathy with improved patient, practitioner, and system outcomes.
  • How healthcare can support the develop of empathic practice.
  • The facilitators and barriers to delivering empathic care
  • Personal strategies for enhancing empathic care 
  • Develop a personal plan to enhance empathy in your day-to-day work. 


key speakers:

  • Dr Jeremy Howick, Senior Researcher & Director, Oxford Empathy Programme 

Dr. Howick's research combines philosophical analysis and medical epidemiology, with the aim of improving patient and population health. He has focused on foundational issues surrounding evidence, especially those related to Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM), placebo controls, and (most recently) empathic care.

He has over 80 academic articles and two books. Recently he founded the Oxford Empathy Programme with Professor Sir Muir Gray, and has done several systematic reviews exploring the patient benefits of empathy, and the extent to which practitioners express it.

He is also an award winning teacher and a keen communicator with over 25,000 social media followers and a popular science book.


  • Dr Sian Rees, Clinical Research Associate & Co-Director, Oxford Empathy Programme

 Dr Rees leads on Patient and Public Involvement, Engagement and Experience for Oxford AHSN. Her background is in public health medicine with over a decade of policy development experience at the Department of Health. 

Prior to this Dr Rees was Director of Mental Health on the board of North Mersey Community and Mental Health Trust, and was responsible for six clinical directorates. In previous posts she has worked as a public health advisor to commissioning teams at local and national level and worked in health promotion.



RSM members: £36 - £96
Non-members: £60 - £160


Free bursary places

We have a limited number of free bursary places available for Allied Healthcare Professionals, students and trainees. Please email open@rsm.ac.uk to secure your place.


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9.00 am

Registration, tea and coffee

9.30 am

Introduction and aims for the day

10.00 am

What does empathy mean to you?

10.45 am

Tea and coffee break

11.15 am

Why is empathy important?

12.45 pm


1.30 pm

How can we bridge the gap between the present and the future?

2.30 pm

Empathy in practice - taking a moment

3.00 pm

Tea and coffee break

3.30 pm

Whats next?

4.00 pm

Close of meeting and online evaluations

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