Contexts for Compassion in Healthcare: Exploring Visions of the Good

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What is this workshop about?

Humanities disciplines – such as philosophy and theology – can best help with the exploration of a compassionate ethos in healthcare in partnership with colleagues who work in healthcare and with patients themselves. Questions to be considered include:

•What vision or visions of the good will provide a context for the kind of compassion healthcare requires?

•How will those visions be sustained – not only orienting the lives of particular people working in healthcare but becoming embedded in institutions and practices?

•Is it wise to criticise some understandings of compassion, favouring some over others?

Who is it for?

This is an invitation only event but if you would like to participate, please contact Joshua Hordern (email below). We are especially interested in partnership with doctors, nurses, healthcare educators, patient representatives, nursing/medical students and researchers in humanities, law and politics who are interested in healthcare.

Confirmed speakers/presenters (see next page for programme)

Dr Joshua Hordern, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics, Oxford

Dr Andrew Papanikitas, GP & NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer in General Practice, Oxford

Dr Thomas Miller, Clinical Research Fellow, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences

Prof John Wyatt, Emeritus Professor of Perinatology and Ethics, UCL

Dr Ann Bradshaw, Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing, Oxford Brookes

Dr David Jones, Director, Anscombe Centre, Oxford

Dr Roger Newham, Senior Lecturer, Adult Nursing, Bucks New University

Dr Trevor Stammers, GP, Programme Director Bioethics/Law, St Marys Twickenham

Dr Jim Harris, Curator, Ashmolean University Engagement Programme


Medical Humanities
Compassion in Healthcare

Contact name: Dr Joshua Hordern
Contact email:
Audience: Open to all