About this event

  • Date and time Tue 9 Oct 2018 from 9:00am to 12:00am
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Medicine and Society

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 

Speaker's biography

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

Speaker's biography

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.


View the programme

Registration, tea and coffee
Introduction and aims for the day
What does empathy mean to you?
Tea and coffee break
Why is empathy important?
How can we bridge the gap between the present and the future
Empathy in practice - taking a moment
Tea and coffee break
Whats next?
Close of meeting and online evaluations


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom